Comcast’s Internet Essentials Announces Broadband Adoption Partnerships with U.S. Department of Labor and Connect2Compete

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, an ambitious and comprehensive

broadband adoption initiative designed to help close the digital divide

for low-income Americans, today announced two new partnerships with the

U.S. Department of Labor and Connect2Compete. These partnerships will

help to further close the digital divide by providing information about

Internet Essentials’ digital literacy services to jobseekers and

offering low-income families a choice of computer equipment at an

affordable price.

“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Labor and

Connect2Compete to ensure we have information available about Internet

Essentials at American Job Centers and are able to offer affordable

computer equipment options for low-income families across the country,”

said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “As

the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program,

Internet Essentials is helping to level the playing field for hundreds

of thousands American families.”

The U.S. Department of Labor, under Secretary Hilda Solis’ leadership,

has been committed to digital literacy. The new partnership with Comcast

will further that commitment by providing information about Internet

Essentials at American Job Centers across Comcast’s 39-state footprint.

This follows on a partnership announced in July between Secretary Solis

and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski where information for

Connect2Compete will be made available in American Job Centers

throughout the country.

“As more job postings and job training programs move online, it is

crucial that these resources remain accessible for all Americans,” said

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “With strong partners like

Comcast, the Connect2Compete coalition is doing just that by improving

digital literacy, increasing broadband adoption, expanding free computer

access through public libraries and American Job Centers, and putting

low-cost, high value computer equipment within reach for thousands of

families across the country.”

Comcast will also partner with Connect2Compete to offer Internet

Essentials customers an opportunity to purchase a low-cost, high value

desktop or laptop through its partner Redemtech, as an alternative to

the low-cost netbook currently made available directly through Comcast’s

hardware partners.

These programs will be implemented over the course of the fall and

continue to leverage the combined audience and expertise of officials

from the government and non-profit sectors with Comcast’s Internet

Essentials program.

Internet Essentials is available to families with children participating

in the National School Lunch Program across Comcast’s service area,

which includes 39 states and the District of Columbia. Since the launch

of the program with back to school 2011, over 100,000 families – or

400,000 Americans – have enrolled, and over 11,000 discounted computers

have been distributed.

For general information about Internet Essentials, please visit

for English and visit

for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread

the word can find more information at

Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for

Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (

is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information

and communications products and services. Comcast is principally

involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in

the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news,

sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.

Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet

and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is

the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates

entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast

networks, local television station groups, television production

operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.