Comcast said more than 450,000 low-income families representing 1.8 million people have been connected through its Internet Essentials broadband adoption program, which provides low-cost service to homes with school-age children, according to the MSO's fourth annual progress report on the program.
With 90,000 new family sign-ups in the last six months, Comcast said the period was the best in the program's history.
Comcast has noted, in arguing for its merger with Time Warner Cable, that one of the benefits is extending the Internet Essentials program to TWC systems, a point Comcast executive VP David Cohen made in blogging about the report.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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