I just had to write when I saw this article, “Comcast offers $10 internet access to low-income families” by Erica Swallow on cnn.com.  I think the title caught my eye immediately because I think nowadays internet access is something a lot of us just assume that everyone has, but, in reality, it’s not really affordable for many people.  I have a few relatives who cannot afford the high-speed internet access – that extra monthly bill is just too much for their budgets – and will visit their local library whenever they need to get online.  Not a tragedy, of course, but still I have to say kudos to Comcast for offering low-income families an affordable alternative.  When you think of how dependent we’ve become on fast internet access, it seems like a no-brainer that companies would consider ways to make this “privilege” affordable for everyone.  The offering, called, “Internet Essentials” includes download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps for folks who meet the low-income criteria.  And though Comcast’s motivation stems from the Comcast-NBC merger deal and not merely good-hearted benevolence, I hope they continue this offering and other internet-service companies follow suit.

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