Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Essentials for our community...internet

Internet Essentials provides access to all
low-income families including Hispanics.
Our Philadelphia native friends at Comcast today continued to roll out its “Internet Essentials” program, providing families with children eligible for a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program with low-cost Internet service, affordable computers and digital-literacy training. One of the most important aspects of this effort is not only do they receive $10 access all year long, but there's also a voucher for a $150 computer. It's also important to inform nuestra comunidad about how to use the internet.

The goal of Internet Essentials is to help close the digital divide and to help ensure more Americans benefit from everything the Internet has to offer. The program addresses what research has identified as the three primary barriers to broadband adoption: 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful, 2) the cost of a home computer and 3) the cost of Internet service.
 Although I've seen research which shows Latinos are using internet and social media...the digital divide is much larger. That's why I'm happy to see the Spanish-language website for Internet Essentials. While the road to affordable access has just begun, this is an exciting opportunity and will most certainly open doors to families...especially youth.
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