Comcast Offering Free and Discounted Internet for Residents in Central Pennsylvania Through Affordable Connectivity Program

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WEPA Empowerment Center Grandmothers' Council eventComcast is offering free and discounted Internet options for residents in Central Pennsylvania through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). ACP provides eligible low-income households a credit up to $30 a month toward the cost of Internet service ($75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands). Customers who qualify can apply ACP credits to any tier of Xfinity Internet, including Internet Essentials, or Xfinity Mobile.

Local community organizations like WEPA Empowerment Center are hosting community events to share information about ACP and Internet Essentials with families who may qualify. WEPA’s Grandmothers’ Council and STEM program both connect Lebanon-based families to these and other important resources.

“Through Internet Essentials, and now, the Affordable Connectivity Program, we are helping to bridge the digital divide to ensure more households have access to the Internet at home,” said Toni Murphy, Comcast Regional Senior Vice President. “We will continue to partner with local nonprofit organizations like the WEPA Empowerment Center to deliver digital literacy skills training so more people can take full advantage of everything the Internet has to offer.”

“Comcast is making it simple for families to apply the Affordable Connectivity Program credit towards services that help connect them to school, work and health services at home,” said Rafael Torres, President and Founder of the WEPA Empowerment Center, Inc. “We’re proud to partner with Comcast to host ACP awareness events for the community to ensure that families in Central Pennsylvania know about this life-changing program.”Pull quote from Rafael Torres at WEPA Empowerment Center

Comcast recently announced additional efforts to increase participation in ACP and help people benefit from the program, including:

Internet Essentials Plus

Internet Essentials Plus is a new tier of service for Comcast’s hallmark digital equity program that is available in all Comcast service areas to any customer who qualifies. It offers twice the download speed – up to 100 Mbps – of the traditional Internet Essentials service, which has a 50 Mbps download speed. Internet Essentials Plus is available for $29.95/month to new customers who qualify. Existing Internet Essentials customers can upgrade to this new, faster tier at any time. Customers who subscribe to Internet Essentials Plus and enroll in ACP will effectively get broadband for free after the $30/month government discount is applied.

Xfinity Mobile

Comcast’s top-rated Xfinity Mobile service, which includes 5G, is now available to customers enrolled in ACP, giving them the ability to save money on their connectivity needs inside and out of the home. Internet Essentials customers can use their $30/month ACP discount to pay for both Xfinity Internet and Xfinity Mobile service. For example, an Internet Essentials customer (paying $9.95/month) can add one line of Unlimited on Xfinity Mobile ($45/month) for $24.95/month after applying the ACP discount.

Xfinity Mobile has no line access or activation fees and comes with unlimited talk and text, so customers only pay for cellular data. Customers can mix and match between two straightforward plans on Xfinity Mobile with 5G included, Unlimited or By the Gig, and pair these mobile plans with any tier of Internet service to provide ultimate flexibility. They can also switch back and forth between Unlimited and By the Gig mobile plans at any time. In addition, Xfinity Mobile devices automatically connect to millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to reduce customers’ dependence on cellular and save money.

people playing video games in Whitaker CenterSigning up for ACP

New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and sign up.

Customers can also call to speak to a dedicated ACP Enrollment and Support Center that is available from 8AM to 12AM daily, with multi-lingual capabilities to assist anyone interested in the program.

Additionally, people will soon be able to visit 500+ Xfinity Stores nationwide to sign up for Internet Essentials Plus and learn more about how to enroll in ACP to get Internet service for free.

Bridging the Digital Divide in Comcast’s Keystone Region

In addition to introducing additional efforts to increase participation in ACP, Comcast continues its commitment to bridging the digital divide in its Keystone region.  This includes the activation of 100 Lift Zones in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, providing free Wi-Fi access outside the home in neighborhood community centers, including at the PNC Innovation Zone at Whitaker Center in Harrisburg.

The Affordable Connectivity Program, Internet Essentials and Lift Zones are part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. Click here for more information about Comcast’s comprehensive connectivity program for low-income Americans.


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