Currently in Archives. Click here to return to the new CU-CitizenAccess.Org website at any time.

UC2B

Comcast offers lnternet plan for low-income households

By Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media/ Comcast has unveiled a program, known as “Internet Essentials”, to expand Internet access for about $10 a month to low-income families.

The cable and Internet provider wants to make the program available next month in 39 states, including Illinois, where the company’s Internet service is offered. Comcast spokesman Jack Segal said eligible families must have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program. He estimates that lunch program is open to more than 4,500 students in Champaign and Urbana.

Screen shot of Comcast's new low-cost Internet plan
More

Symposium connects groups and technology; ways to bridge local digital divide

CU-CitizenAccess was at eBlack Champaign-Urbana's Campus-Community Symposium this weekend to cover the discussion between groups and organizations on how to better connect the community and technology.

This two-day symposium aimed to take a step toward bridging the digital divide between underserved residents and available technological resources.
As the Big Broadband project nears construction, groups and organizations are looking at ways to use the super-fast network to benefit those residents who are in the most need of training, employment, education and digital literacy.

Discussion panels ranged from community engagement, social services and technology, education, youth and technology, religious groups and technology and media and technology.

Click on a sess

eblackcu.net
More

¨ Copyright 2011 CU-CitizenAccess.