(You can read more information about the program here)
Comcast has begun a nation-wide program to offer monthly $9.95 Internet access to the students who qualify for free school lunches. In addition, they will sell the family a computer for less than $200. They say the monthly fee comes “with a guarantee of no activation fees, equipment rental fees or price increases. I’m always wary when I hear about a deal that sounds too good to be true, and I’m also wary of the educational value of some well-intentioned home tech programs that have started on smaller scales. Nevertheless, this could be an extraordinary deal.
You can read about our school’s internationally-recognized efforts to get tech into the homes of our families, along with my reflections on it (and other articles about similar programs) at The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.
Thanks to Julie Persaud for the Comcast tip.