“The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history, and it is unacceptable that we live in a country where millions of families and individuals are missing out on this life-changing resource,” he said.
To apply for the program, low-income households need to show they participate in a federal assistance program, including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Supplemental Security Income.
Households were already eligible if they have a student who participates in the National School Lunch Program, lives in public housing or receives HUD Housing Assistance, or participates in the Veterans Pension Program. Some low-income seniors and community college students are also eligible.
For more details, see www.internetessentials.com. The program includes free digital literacy training; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150; and low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax.