Students need to be online to access school. There can be no barriers to access during this crisis. There can be no poll taxes on the information superhighway. When families complained that they couldn’t actually get the free internet promised by Comcast, you responded. We got thousands of signatures. And Comcast listened. They changed their Oakland policy AND their national policy, which affects millions of families. Now we need the Federal Communications Commission to require the same thing of every internet service provider, and we need your help, please sign here.
Internet with No Strings on Signup
You can see Comcast officially changed the language on the Internet Essentials eligibility page to note that they would support all families. Related to the Outstanding Debts language, the new language states:
“Due to the Coronavirus emergency, households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. We are waiving this qualification if you are approved by 5/13/20. After 5/13/20, standard eligibility rules apply.”
You can see the old language in my prior blog on it.
Our public health emergency is threatening further exacerbate our educational equity crisis. We need to act now to bridge the digital divide, please help us by signing and sharing our petition and demanding that our leaders lead during this crisis, and support those families most likely to be left behind.