Last year Comcast started its Internet Essentials program, designed to offer low-cost Internet service, laptops and free Internet literacy resources to low-income families. Now in its second year, Internet Essentials is expanding in Colorado. Previously available only to students qualifying for free lunch, the program will now reach out to students who qualify for reduced-price school meals. In the 2011-2012 school year, 41.3 percent of Colorado students qualified for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch Program. More than 5,000 Colorado families have enrolled in the Internet Essentials program since August 2011. Those interested in the program may call 1-855-846-8376 and request an application. Qualifications are available online at InternetEssentials.com.
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