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Internet For Low-Income Families

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Comcast, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno Unified School District will host a digital family fair event on Saturday, August 18 to kick off Year Two of the Internet Essentials Program in Fresno, an initiative that helps connect low-income families to the Internet.

To date, nearly 100,000 families or 400,000 low-income Americans are enrolled in the Internet Essentials program and Comcast aims to increase enrollment this year with the help of the community, local government officials, educators and parents.

The goal of Internet Essentials is to help get more American families online and help close the digital divide.

WHEN:

Saturday, August 18, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Internet Essentials Presentation begins at 11:00 a.m.)

WHERE:

Mario Olmos Elementary School
550 S. Garden, Fresno, CA 93727
(Near Kings Canyon Road and Chestnut Ave.)

BACKGROUND:

While America has increasingly become a digital nation, many low-income families are left at a great disadvantage because they don't have Internet service at home. Internet Essentials has been designed to address this problem and help make broadband adoption a reality for more families. It addresses all three of the main barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified: 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer and 3) the cost of Internet service. Comcast is asking for help from parents, educators, community leaders and other government officials to join in this effort, spread the word and help increase broadband adoption in Fresno.

Information from Fresno Unified School District

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