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.

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