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gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN

Does Comcast have low income discount for the disabled...

Does Comcast have low income discount for the disabled or seniors in Indiana for their limited cable service? I know in some states Comcast does or did have this discount. If Indiana does have the discount. What is the income requirement for disabled & for the seniors? Is SSI & SSD excluded for the income requirement? I know Social Security retirement may or may not be counted. For senior discount, what age do you have to be? Thank you for this information.

When is the $10.00 internet service for low income going to be available and what is the income requirement?

I am not asking this info for myself, I am asking for someone else.


rody_44
Premium
join:2004-02-20
Quakertown, PA

What i remember is you qualify thru the schools. Im sure all income will be counted. I do remember thinking its probably only going to benefit people on welfare. They did away with the seniour discount long ago.



gar187er
I do this for a living

join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
kudos:4
reply to gpatrick900

talk to your local franchise authority....they would be able to give you the proper answers....

also what $10 internet do you speak of?!?!!?
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rody_44
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Some articles reported the 20 dollar internet deal comcast made with the government that involved laptops as a 10 dollar deal. In any case its had thru the schools so i doubt many seniors will be applying. Not to mention you have to be way below the poverty level


gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN
reply to gar187er

The $10.00 internet is for low income because of the NBC merger. Plus if the family does not have a computer, Comcast has to sell them for a laptop for $150.00 or less. I think it will come with the Windows 7 Stater-Which I wouldn't recommend in my opinion.

Rody_44 is talking about a totally different program. Some states also allowed discounts to cable if your income is low enough. No tax money is used. The discount is only if you have the limited basic service.

Rody_44 I am not talking about basic, expanded basic or higher tier of service. I am talking about the senior & disabled discount for the limited service, if you have a higher service you are not eligible and you only get 30% off. If 19.99, you would get around $6.00 discount.

I even read online AT&T is suppose to have a $10.00 dry dsl for low income but it is hard to get. It actual comes out to about $15.00 with taxes & fees. Most CS don't know about it.

Again this is for someone else, not me.


BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
reply to gpatrick900

Boston has a different deal too. They negotiated directly with Comcast, IIRC.



Ebolla

join:2005-09-28
Dracut, MA
reply to gpatrick900

said by gpatrick900:

Plus if the family does not have a computer, Comcast has to sell them for a laptop for $150.00 or less. I think it will come with the Windows 7 Stater-Which I wouldn't recommend in my opinion.

How exactly is this going to be proven that they don't have one and how is a company that doesn't sell computers going to be forced to sell one for $150 or less.


gar187er
I do this for a living

join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
kudos:4
reply to gpatrick900

said by gpatrick900:

The $10.00 internet is for low income because of the NBC merger. Plus if the family does not have a computer, Comcast has to sell them for a laptop for $150.00 or less. I think it will come with the Windows 7 Stater-Which I wouldn't recommend in my opinion.

Rody_44 is talking about a totally different program. Some states also allowed discounts to cable if your income is low enough. No tax money is used. The discount is only if you have the limited basic service.

Rody_44 I am not talking about basic, expanded basic or higher tier of service. I am talking about the senior & disabled discount for the limited service, if you have a higher service you are not eligible and you only get 30% off. If 19.99, you would get around $6.00 discount.

I even read online AT&T is suppose to have a $10.00 dry dsl for low income but it is hard to get. It actual comes out to about $15.00 with taxes & fees. Most CS don't know about it.

Again this is for someone else, not me.

LMAO....dude really? comcast has buy the public laptops?!?!!? wow now i heard it all....aside from how absurd that statement is, the $10 internet deal is REALLY for families with children, it ties in with the no child left behind act...
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Vumes

join:2009-01-04
Beaverton, OR
reply to gpatrick900

I found the discounts you are looking for, for other states, such as New Jersey, but I can't find what you are looking for, in the state of Indiana.



djdanska
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reply to Ebolla

They will outsource it. There are already groups who do exactly what comcast needs to do. I know by me if you take this few week computer course, they will give you a pc. There are others too who give out computers at a reduced price. But still, $150 is not that hard to do considering netbooks cost just around that price range. It doesn't have to be a full pc. Netbooks and other computing devices are allowed and can be refurbished i think.
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gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN
reply to gar187er

I got some link to the 10 service & to the laptops

»siliconangle.com/blog/2011/01/19···he-poor/

The deal requires Comcast to provide “approximately” 2.5 million low income households with high speed Internet for less than $10 a month. To this population the ISP must also sell PCs, netbooks, or similar computer equipment at prices below $150, and offer a host of “digital literacy educational opportunities.”

»Read Comcast's Proposed NBC Merger Conditions

Comcast must of wanted NBC real bad to offer the $10 internet for households under $20,000 that a lot of people. I wonder how soon it will be available nationwide.



Cheese
Premium
join:2003-10-26
Naples, FL
kudos:1
reply to gar187er

said by gar187er:

said by gpatrick900:

The $10.00 internet is for low income because of the NBC merger. Plus if the family does not have a computer, Comcast has to sell them for a laptop for $150.00 or less. I think it will come with the Windows 7 Stater-Which I wouldn't recommend in my opinion.

Rody_44 is talking about a totally different program. Some states also allowed discounts to cable if your income is low enough. No tax money is used. The discount is only if you have the limited basic service.

Rody_44 I am not talking about basic, expanded basic or higher tier of service. I am talking about the senior & disabled discount for the limited service, if you have a higher service you are not eligible and you only get 30% off. If 19.99, you would get around $6.00 discount.

I even read online AT&T is suppose to have a $10.00 dry dsl for low income but it is hard to get. It actual comes out to about $15.00 with taxes & fees. Most CS don't know about it.

Again this is for someone else, not me.

LMAO....dude really? comcast has buy the public laptops?!?!!? wow now i heard it all....aside from how absurd that statement is, the $10 internet deal is REALLY for families with children, it ties in with the no child left behind act...



Broadband Adoption and Deployment. Comcast will make available to approximately 2.5 million low income households: (i) high-speed Internet access service for less than $10 per month; (ii) personal computers, netbooks, or other computer equipment at a purchase price below $150; and (iii) an array of digital literacy education opportunities. Comcast will also expand its existing broadband networks to reach approximately 400,000 additional homes, provide broadband Internet access service in six additional rural communities, and provide free video and high-speed Internet service to 600 new anchor institutions, such as schools and libraries, in underserved, low-income areas.

»truthonthemarket.com/2011/01/20/···ditions/


rody_44
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Quakertown, PA
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Thats the one i was talking about. It has to go thru the schools. Im pretty sure pretty well all the people that qualify will be disqualified being you cant owe comcast money to be eligable. There really isnt many low income people that dont owe comcast money. Lets just say comcasts computer got smarter in the last couple of years.


gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN

said by rody_44:

Thats the one i was talking about. It has to go thru the schools. Im pretty sure pretty well all the people that qualify will be disqualified being you cant owe comcast money to be eligable. There really isnt many low income people that dont owe comcast money. Lets just say comcasts computer got smarter in the last couple of years.

I disagree. Where does it say it ask to go through schools? I am basing it on the articles I have read.

You might be confusing Fifty Nine's post

»Read Comcast's Proposed NBC Merger Conditions

4. Have access to web-based, print, and classroom-based training programs, provided in partnership with One Economy and other current and future Comcast community partners in our digital literacy efforts, including Boys and Girls Clubs, and Urban League and National Council of La Raza affiliate organizations. Comcast will create and fund these programs (although we may seek Foundation and other funds to defray these costs).

That does not say you have to use or participate in a class room setting. Just an option.

If you are right and it only applies to schools. You could see lawsuit fly. The reason it would be discriminatory against low income people. I don't think it would be right to provide discount cable service to boys or girls club or to schools. I wouldn't want to donate or pay taxes for them to watch cable. Just my opinion.


gar187er
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join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
kudos:4

start reading page 4........CBOP....comcast broadband opportunity program....which is part of the national broadband plan....comcast justg included in the merger...blame the FCC for having such a weak plan....

quote:
Under this Comcast Broadband Opportunity Program (CBOP), each eligible
participating family will:
1. Receive the Economy version of our High-Speed Internet Service for $9.95 a month –
a rate for which the household will qualify so long as it meets the eligibility
criteria below;
2. Pay no installation or modem charges or fees (although we may use our self-install
program);
3. Be eligible for one piece of pre-configured, quality computer equipment (which may
include rebuilt PCs, netbooks, or other devices) for less than $150 (the equipment
will be sold to the customer by a third-party vendor-partner of Comcasts, with
Comcast providing any subsidy required to bring the equipment cost below $150).
4. Have access to web-based, print, and classroom-based training programs, provided
in partnership with One Economy and other current and future Comcast community
partners in our digital literacy efforts, including Boys and Girls Clubs, and Urban
League and National Council of La Raza affiliate organizations. Comcast will create
and fund these programs (although we may seek Foundation and other funds to
defray these costs).
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.
comcast is not the one selling computers....and as was said this is for low income house with students in the houses

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gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN

gar187er
Where did you get that information? Link please.

Other sites are saying anyone that makes under $20,000 is eligible. I make more than that.



gar187er
I do this for a living

join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
kudos:4

from the link posted right above my last, by you....its in the letter sent by comcast to the fcc
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djcrazy
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join:2009-08-05
Minneapolis, MN
reply to gpatrick900

Ughh!! More Socialism I am forced to pay for :/


gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN
reply to gar187er

said by gar187er:

from the link posted right above my last, by you....its in the letter sent by comcast to the fcc

»siliconangle.com/blog/2011/01/19···he-poor/

The deal requires Comcast to provide approximately 2.5 million low income households with high speed Internet for less than $10 a month. To this population the ISP must also sell PCs, netbooks, or similar computer equipment at prices below $150, and offer a host of digital literacy educational opportunities.

In addition, Comcast must grow its broadband networks to about 400,000 new homes, get fast Internet service to six additional rural areas, and offer free video and ISP offerings to 600 new anchor institutions in low income regions (anchor here means schools, libraries, and such).

This cant be too painful a condition for the company. A little over a year ago the National Cable and Telecommunications Association announced a similar initiative to offer half price ‘Net connections to poor kids. The Adoption Plus Program would provide students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program access to two years of 50 percent discounted broadband, a subsidized computer, and free computer classes and technical support.

The key words are "In addition" The last paragraph states they already do what some of are saying. No where does it say "Only for household that are low income that have students"

offer a host of digital literacy educational opportunities",



Comcast will offer this but you can say no. Does not mean you have to say yes.

gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN

That article may be incorrect

I saw the original proposal to the FCC, until we see the actual new agreement in pdf we will not know if the article is correct or incorrect.

If it is incorrect. I agree with djcrazy. We shouldn't have to provide internet services to Schools or groups we already pay taxes or donate money to them. Plus it is discriminatory to offer low income internet to just students. That could cause them legal problems.



gar187er
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join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
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they can offer programs to whom ever they want....its their internet service....its not electricity, or heat in the winter.....

and you arent providing anything to the organizations....police, fire, EMS, schools, etc....most are able to get free internet due to local franchise agreements....so your tax dollars have nothing to do with it......

i dont know how you can say its discriminatory to offer free internet to poor school children..... (just cause one group is excluded doesnt make it discriminatory; cause again, they dont need to offer it to ANYONE)

there is zero legal issue there.....
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gpatrick900

join:2008-08-30
New Castle, IN

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said by gar187er:

they can offer programs to whom ever they want....its their internet service....its not electricity, or heat in the winter.....

and you arent providing anything to the organizations....police, fire, EMS, schools, etc....most are able to get free internet due to local franchise agreements....so your tax dollars have nothing to do with it......

i dont know how you can say its discriminatory to offer free internet to poor school children..... (just cause one group is excluded doesnt make it discriminatory; cause again, they dont need to offer it to ANYONE)

there is zero legal issue there.....

They have to offer it now for students, because they supposedly agreed to it to get the NBC network. Franchise agreements are state controlled not local. I am not going to donate to an origination that gets free internet. It would be a different story if they offered it, without including it with the NBC merger. I have nothing against poor children getting Internet it is the way comcast did this. I think all low income people should get discount or free internet, it could help them get jobs or older people to go to school. (Some states have this program and people got jobs, which helps the economy.)

rody_44
Premium
join:2004-02-20
Quakertown, PA
Reviews:
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reply to gpatrick900

Comcast didnt agree to it, Comcast suggested it as good will and the fcc accepted. Its not like the fcc went to comcast and said you must do it. Comcast offered and the fcc accepted. Comcast wants to do it so do it they shall. Comcast has a lot of good will programs. Around here schools and librarys both have free service from Comcast and that is provided VIA the local franchise agreement.


cooperaaaron

join:2004-04-10
Joliet, IL
reply to djcrazy

huh ?