Northeastern University student volunteers will help teach low-income Boston families how to get online and navigate the Internet, officials announced Tuesday.
Through Internet Essentials, a national program run by Comcast, low-income families can qualify for broadband Internet service at a reduced rate of $9.95 per month, plus tax, along with the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150 and access to free digital literacy training.
Northeastern and Comcast announced a new partnership Tuesday morning for student volunteers from the university to help run digital literacy training in Boston.
New England Patriots Hall of Famer and former wide receiver Troy Brown joined state and local officials, teachers, administrators, Comcast representatives and nearly 200 students from Boston Public Schools for a ceremony on the university’s campus to announce the partnership.
“Having affordable broadband access and computers in the home is such a game-changer for so many low-income families who would otherwise lag behind,” said a statement from City Councilor-At-Large-elect Michael Flaherty.
Comcast and Northeastern also announced that through their partnership, the cable provider will run public service announcements about its offerings to low-income families throughout most of New England.