Friday, August 5, 2011

The digital divide

The "digital divide," or the lack of knowledge of and access to computers, the internet, etc. by low-income families is a barrier for both the parents and the children to get ahead in today's world.

A few years back, a family that I was involved with an a volunteer capacity lived in Ellington, where the school system refused to believe that the children did not have access to a computer and printer to do their homework!  But when you're struggling to put food on the table, who has money for a computer or internet access?

I was glad to learn today that Comcast has started a new program called Internet Essentials, a program to address key barriers to Internet access and adoption by providing affordable Internet access, the opportunity to purchase a computer and training to low-income families with at least one child receiving free lunch under the National School Lunch Program. 

For more information on Internet Essentials from Comcast and the enrollment process, please visit  School Districts and other community organizations looking to get involved can sign up on our partner portal,, for all the information, materials and updates needed to help spread the word and keep the momentum going.

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