Those at Comcast Internet Essentials are getting good news, with the ISP’s low-income plan doubling its speed for the same price. Launched in 2011, then extended indefinitely in 2014Internet Essentials has so far offered 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.
It was actually a speed boost, with Comcast having raised the prices users could benefit from the low-cost plan in March 2020. Nonetheless, despite the changes, the ISP had been criticized by some that its speeds were simply not sufficient for the current home working and teaching environment. forced home. , during the pandemic.
Now new and existing Internet Essentials customers are getting another bump. Download rates will now reach 50 Mbps, while upstream tariffs will reach 5 Mbps. The price remains the same, however, at $ 9.95 per month.
Comcast says the new speeds won’t require any extra effort on the part of customers to activate them. Instead, they will be rolled out automatically, nationwide, starting March 1. Plus, you still get advanced xFi and xFi security – with various malware protections and parental controls – provided for free as well.
How do you qualify for the Internet Essentials plan?
While Comcast says it has currently connected 8 million people to Internet Essentials – more than 90% of whom had no internet connection at home before – not everyone can subscribe to the plan. Priced at $ 9.95 per month plus tax, there is no forward contract and no credit check required, and Comcast offers an xFi wireless gateway with WiFi and Ethernet support.
To be eligible, unsurprisingly, you will also need to live in an area where Comcast has Internet service available. There is a location checker available to look up this.
Those who can subscribe to the plan include families who qualify for programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. You may not have had Comcast Internet service in the past 90 days, but if you still owe Comcast money for past services, you may still be eligible for Internet Essentials, a change the company made during the coronavirus pandemic.
New registrations currently get two months of free service, and Comcast says you should get an auto-install kit within 5-7 days of signing up. In the meantime, you have access to Xfinity WiFi hotspots. Comcast also makes low-cost computers – including desktops and laptops – available to subscribers, selling refurbished models with varying specifications. They are priced at $ 149.99 plus tax.