Submitted by Comcast
VSomcast participates in the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and the $30/month benefit can be applied to any level of Xfinity Internet service. Today, Comcast introduced two new ways for customers to connect through ACP and both are available to any qualifying customer in all service areas of the company. Customers can sign up for Internet Essentials Plus, which includes 100 Mbps download speeds, cable modem and WiFi router, and is free after government ACP credit is applied. Additionally, Xfinity internet customers participating in the ACP can now add mobile service through Xfinity Mobile.
“As a business and a society, it’s imperative that we work together to help people connect to the transformative power of the Internet at home and on the go,” said Broderick Johnson, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and digital equity, Comcast. Society. “The Affordable Connectivity Program is a unique opportunity that Comcast is proud to support. However, connectivity is just the start. We will continue to partner with nonprofits across the country to provide digital literacy skills training so that more people can learn to take full advantage of all the internet has to offer.
For more than a decade, Comcast has worked with trusted community partners, businesses and government to help millions of low-income households connect to the Internet and the technology they need to participate in the digital world. On February 14, 2022, the world saw how these efforts can yield inspiring results when Llulisa, a CPA-enrolled Comcast Internet Essentials customer, joined government leaders at the White House to tell her story of achieving her goal to be the first in her family to go to college.
Llulisa is just one example of the millions of people across the country who are getting internet access through programs like ACP, which offers a $30/month discount on internet service ($75/month on tribal lands). Any Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customer who qualifies can use it to save money on their Internet bill. Comcast’s extended ACP offerings include:
Internet Essential Plus
Internet Essentials Plus is a new level of service for Comcast’s branded digital equity program that is available in all Comcast service areas to any qualifying customer. It offers twice the download speed – up to 100 Mbps – of traditional Internet Essentials service, which has an upload speed of 50 Mbps. Internet Essentials Plus is available for $29.95/month for new customers who qualify. Existing Internet Essentials customers can upgrade to this new, faster tier at any time. Customers who subscribe to Internet Essentials Plus and sign up for CPA will effectively get broadband for free after the $30/month government rebate is applied.
Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service, which includes 5G, is now available to CPA-enrolled customers, saving them money on their connectivity needs inside and outside of the House. Internet Essentials customers can use their $30/month ACP rebate to pay for both Xfinity Internet service and Xfinity Mobile service. For example, an Internet Essentials customer (paying $9.95/month) can add unlimited line on Xfinity Mobile ($45/month) for $24.95/month after applying the ACP discount. Xfinity Mobile has no line access or activation fees and comes with unlimited calling and texting, so customers only pay for cellular data. Customers can mix and match two simple plans on Xfinity Mobile with 5G included, Unlimited or By the Gig, and combine these mobile plans with any Internet service level to provide ultimate flexibility. They can also switch between Unlimited and By the Gig mobile plans at any time. Plus, Xfinity Mobile devices automatically connect to millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to reduce customer reliance on cellular and save money.
New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit the Xfinity website or call 844.389.4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and to register. Customers can also call to speak to a dedicated ACP Enrollment and Support Center which is available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily, with multilingual capabilities to assist anyone interested in the program.
Project UP and Comcast’s Billion Dollar Pledge to Advance Digital Equity
Connecting more people to the Internet and the technology they need to participate and excel in an increasingly digital world has been a primary goal for Comcast. Looking ahead to the next ten years, Comcast is building on this foundation and expanding its impact through Project UP, a global initiative to advance digital equity and build a future of limitless possibility. Backed by a billion-dollar commitment to reach tens of millions, Project UP encompasses community programs and partnerships from Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky that connect people to the internet, advance economic mobility and open doors to the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. For more information about Project UP and the latest news on efforts to address digital inequality, visit Comcast’s website.