Low-cost Internet service available for low-income families

Highline Public Schools press release:

Highline families have the opportunity to sign up for low-cost broadband service. Of the 8,700 Highline families who are eligible, only 260 have taken advantage of this inexpensive option.

Families with students who qualify for free- or reduced-priced lunch can get low-cost broadband service through Comcast's Internet Essentials program. The program was started last year by Comcast as a federal requirement after Comcast acquired NBC Universal.

Program participants receive:

■Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax;
■No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;
■A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus tax;
■Access to free internet training.

Families may visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 to determine if they are eligible.

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