Event promotes low-cost internet access

August 19, 2012 12:19:15 AM PDT
As students prepare to head back to school, Comcast is reaching out to families who don't have internet access.

The company joined with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin to host this digital family fair at Mario Olmos Elementary School, and folklorico dancers were also there to help entertain the crowds.

The event served as a kick off for the second year of Comcast's Internet Essentials program, which offers low income families broadband internet service for $9.95 a month and computers for $150.

"Companies, school systems, organizations are all working through the internet and if you don't have it it's a great disadvantage, and we don't want income to or socioeconomic status or where you live hold you back," Filemon Lopez of Comcast said.

So far more than 26 hundred families in the Fresno area have qualified for the program. To be eligible families must have a child enrolled in the federal school lunch program.

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