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David Y. Ige | OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE: NEW EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM TO HELP PROVIDE INTERNET ACCESS TO LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE: NEW EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM TO HELP PROVIDE INTERNET ACCESS TO LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

Posted on May 5, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced a new federal program that aims to assist thousands of qualifying households across the state to pay for their internet service. Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), eligible households can receive up to $50 a month to pay for broadband service. Qualifying lessees on Hawaiian Home Lands may apply for an enhanced benefit of up to

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California surpasses 90% internet access, low-income homes still lacking

California has reached a digital milestone as nearly 91% of its households have high-speed internet access, according to new statewide survey results released today by USC and the California Emerging Technology Fund.

That’s up from the 88% reported in 2019 by the biennial Statewide Survey on Broadband Adoption that monitors Californians’ digital access.

In addition, about 85% of residents — up from 78% two years ago — are using a desktop, laptop or tablet to connect to the internet. And fewer households — 6%, down from 10% two years ago — rely solely on smartphones to connect to the

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Comcast Commits to Investing $1 Billion Over Next 10 Years to Reach 50 Million Low-Income Americans With Tools and Resources to Succeed in Digital World | Business

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 24, 2021–

On the 10 th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, Comcast today announced it would invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide and give even more low-income Americans the tools and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The announcement coincides with the release of a 10-year Progress Report showing that, since 2011, the company, working in collaboration with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners, has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people in America to broadband Internet at home, the

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FCC to Provide Internet, Discounts for Low-Income Households


(TNS) — Residents grappling with the increasingly high costs of home Internet services may see some relief soon thanks to a new $3.2 billion federal program.

Established last week by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will make use of funds provided through the COVID-19 relief bill established by Congress last December. The program will provide qualifying low-income households with a $50 discount on their monthly bill to help bridge the digital divide that has become even more pronounced since schools and many businesses were forced to rely on virtual communication in the wake of COVID-19.

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Comcast is doubling the speed of its low-income internet plan

Users of Comcast’s Internet Essentials plan will be getting a significant speed increase on March 1st. The service, which currently runs at 25Mbps, will be automatically upgraded to 50Mbps without requiring additional fees or action from customers. Upload speeds are also being increased from 3Mbps to 5Mbps. Faster access for the same price should be a relief for many families struggling to adapt to having work, school, and entertainment largely shifted to the internet during the pandemic.



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The Internet Essentials plan is Comcast’s $9.95 per month (plus tax, of course) internet service

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