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Comcast makes internet essentials easy

Low-income Philadelphia families have an offer they can’t refuse to try Comcast’s Internet Essentials service.

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LOOKING FOR a really cheap deal for Internet access to help your schoolkids get their homework done?

You can't do better than the free offer Comcast is extending for its Internet Essentials (5GB) Web service to low-income Philadelphia families with school-age children.

The deal will deliver a decent broadband connection (5 Mps) to homes for six months for free. After that, the price goes up to $10 a month. The deadline for signing up is May 31.

Newly pitched to parents in letters home from the school district and sure to be a burning topic at Wednesday's Family Literacy Night at 440 N. Broad St., helmed by Superintendent William Hite, the offer comes in the wake of Comcast's fourth annual review of the national Internet Essentials program designed to increase computer access and literacy.

While spawned here in Comcast's hometown and the brainchild of executive vice president David Cohen, Philadelphia trails eight other cities in terms of IE adoption rate.

Families with schoolkids eligible for a free or reduced cost lunch qualify for the IE offer. Terms can be worked out if the family owes Comcast for a prior connection.