Comcast Expands Internet Essentials Program to Hoosier Veterans
INDIANAPOLIS — Comcast is closing the digital divide in Indiana by adding expanding eligibility of a key program to veterans. Internet Essentials is an initiative Comcast created to provide low-cost internet to those in need. Low-income veterans now qualify to receive this program. The move to extend Internet Essentials eligibility to low-income veterans is the second largest expansion in the program’s history.
“We’ve made great strides in helping Hoosier families bridge the digital divide that can restrict advancement in career and education,” said Matt Kelley, Government Affairs senior manager for Comcast in Indiana. “It’s so meaningful to extend that same opportunity to Indiana’s low-income veterans.”
According to 2016 U.S. Census data, more than 30 percent of low-income veterans do not have internet access and Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is wanting to change that.
“Indiana has made a commitment to supporting veterans in many different ways,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “Comcast is taking a leading role in workforce development by making sure that veterans in need have the Internet access they deserve.”