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HotRodFoto
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join:2003-04-19
Denver, CO

$10 Broadband

I have to admit, if this is true, this is good to see a huge company take such a step. Would be nice for my Mom to finally be able to afford internet as she is on a fixed income with disability. Good job on that as far as that goes.
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EGamboaCR

join:2002-02-18
Cookeville, TN

Re: $10 Broadband

"If it's too good to be true..." comes to mind.
Also thinking they're extending their hand and showing you their palm while throwing a rock with the other.

Day I trust one of these large media companies to do the right thing and be honest... that day will never come.

HotRodFoto
Premium
join:2003-04-19
Denver, CO

Re: $10 Broadband

said by EGamboaCR:

"If it's too good to be true..." comes to mind.
Also thinking they're extending their hand and showing you their palm while throwing a rock with the other.

Day I trust one of these large media companies to do the right thing and be honest... that day will never come.

I hear ya
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fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2
said by HotRodFoto:

I have to admit, if this is true, this is good to see a huge company take such a step. Would be nice for my Mom to finally be able to afford internet as she is on a fixed income with disability. Good job on that as far as that goes.

The eligibility is tied to the NSLP, so sad to say your mom is out of luck, unless she has a kid in the household who is getting a free lunch from NSLP.

HotRodFoto
Premium
join:2003-04-19
Denver, CO

Re: $10 Broadband

said by fifty nine:

said by HotRodFoto:

I have to admit, if this is true, this is good to see a huge company take such a step. Would be nice for my Mom to finally be able to afford internet as she is on a fixed income with disability. Good job on that as far as that goes.

The eligibility is tied to the NSLP, so sad to say your mom is out of luck, unless she has a kid in the household who is getting a free lunch from NSLP.

Well she is on SS so maybe not
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fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Re: $10 Broadband

The eligibility is specifically for school aged kids. It says nothing about SS.

The program will be established within nine months after close of the transaction, and
will run for a total of 36 months (through three school years) after the program is established
(although households that qualify during the three-year program will remain eligible for the
program for the discounted HSD prices so long as they have a student in the household who
qualifies), but in any event we will maintain the program through three full school years. We
will implement the program in coordination with state education departments and local school
districts, which will be responsible for certifying household eligibility for CBOP. “Eligibility
criteria” include: (i) there is at least one child in the household eligible for a free lunch under
the NSLP; (ii) the household is not the subject of current Comcast collections activity; and (iii)
the household has not subscribed to a Comcast Internet service within 90 days of installation.

FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
said by HotRodFoto:

I have to admit, if this is true, this is good to see a huge company take such a step. Would be nice for my Mom to finally be able to afford internet as she is on a fixed income with disability. Good job on that as far as that goes.

It would be a good move by Comcast. But not because they are feeling philanthropic. The $10 fee is for their "Economy" service. That provides 1.5 mbps downstream and 384 kbps upstream. While more than adequate for browsing web pages, it will quickly show the limitations if the users try to use it for video streaming. And that opens the possibility of upselling these customers to higher costlier speeds. And it also opens up possibility of selling cable TV to these same households as part of a bundle. It gets a Comcast foot in the door and is a good sales technique.

Here are other limitations:

The program will be established within nine months after close of the transaction, and
will run for a total of 36 months (through three school years) after the program is established
(although households that qualify during the three-year program will remain eligible for the
program for the discounted HSD prices so long as they have a student in the household who
qualifies
), but in any event we will maintain the program through three full school years. We
will implement the program in coordination with state education departments and local school
districts, which will be responsible for certifying household eligibility for CBOP.

So it looks like your mom wouldn't qualify, unless she has a qualified student living with her.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Re: $10 Broadband

1.5Mbps is absolutely fine for the intent of this program which is to provide internet for educational use for low income K-12 students. 1.5Mbps is just fine for internet research, online assignments and doing homework online.

Furthermore, the qualification criteria is very narrow in the first place. I doubt they are trying to sell cable TV with this. If they were using it to sell cable TV they would probably open it up more. But clearly they are doing this to satisfy regulators by saying that they want to give low income kids an opportunity. They even list organizations such as La Raza and the Urban League which means that they want to show that they are reaching out to minorities as well (hispanic/latino and african-americans primarily).

By the way Netflix works just fine on a 1.5Mbps mobile/wireless connection, so why won't it work on a Comcast economy connection?

skuv

@rr.com
I really doubt that a HOUSEHOLD making $20k and under is going to be worrying about video streaming to the one, probably underpowered, computer they might own.

And if they don't own one, Comcast will subsidize a $150 computer for them, which I'm pretty sure they still aren't going to use for video streaming, or much else than school and other light work, as this $10 connection is meant for.

S_engineer
Premium
join:2007-05-16
Chicago, IL

Re: $10 Broadband

said by skuv :

I really doubt that a HOUSEHOLD making $20k and under is going to be worrying about video streaming to the one, probably underpowered, computer they might own.

And if they don't own one, Comcast will subsidize a $150 computer for them, which I'm pretty sure they still aren't going to use for video streaming, or much else than school and other light work, as this $10 connection is meant for.

Are you kidding....if there are kids, then streaming will be attempted. This just seems to be a foot in yet another door for Comcast.
This letter basically admits that the web is a UTILITY, and they will subsidize low income households on the backs of the others with their twice a year rate increases.
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trainwreck6

join:2010-09-21
off track

Re: $10 Broadband

Cool! So if I moved to the United States, I could get a free lunch subsidized by people with more money, cheap internet, and free government wireless phone with minutes? Where do I sign up?\\\

Gosh, you guys are becoming the United Socialist States of America! USSA

Taking from the rich and giving to the poor, as old as Robin Hood himself. Sheesh. At least we don't have to rely on charity.
amigo_boy

join:2005-07-22
said by FFH5:

It would be a good move by Comcast. But not because they are feeling philanthropic. The $10 fee is for their "Economy" service. ... that opens the possibility of upselling these customers to higher costlier speeds.

The same thing for the used $150 Pentium 4 computers. Those things break down. And, the target audience is naieve, acting like magnets to viruses and spyware. The recycler who gets the contract to supply these things will have a gold mine in repeat service calls, upselling, etc.

Really

@comcast.net
don't forget the gov't for initiating the broadband bill. That everyone should have broadband access, regardless of the cable, phone or satellite company. Hence why Google is pushing Gigabit services to schools.....