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Comcast introduces new service offering to support the ACP, where Utahns can apply for free internet

Aug 15, 2022 01:15PM ● By Peri Kinder

Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, many families in Utah can’t afford to pay for internet access without cutting back on other essentials.

 The Affordable Connectivity Program, created as part of a bipartisan infrastructure law, helps millions of American families reduce internet service costs. As the only internet provider in Utah participating in ACP, Comcast has increased its efforts to bring awareness to the program while helping families receive $30 each month toward connectivity costs.

“It's never been more important to make sure that every Utahn has access to in-home broadband,” said Bill Crim, CEO of United Way of Salt Lake. “We are grateful for Comcast's contribution to closing the digital divide and will continue to work with Comcast and our other partners to remove barriers and address the needs of those without access in every zip code in our community.”

To access the savings, people can sign up for Internet Essentials Plus, a service that is free after the ACP Benefit, at local Xfinity stores. Internet Essentials Plus includes 100 Mbps speed, a cable modem, access to WiFi hotspots and unlimited data for $29.95 per month. 

Any Xfinity customer across all Comcast markets who qualifies for ACP can apply their $30 credit toward their monthly internet bill. As an added bonus, Internet Essentials customers can get one Xfinity Mobile Unlimited line with 5G for only $24.95/month+tax when they qualify for ACP. 

In addition, through its Project UP program, Comcast commits $1B to advance digital equity and build a future of unlimited possibilities.

“Our state is making great strides toward digital equity, thanks to engaged community members and dedicated partners like Comcast,” said Liz Gabbitas, digital access & education program manager, Utah State Library Division. “These collaborations are how we'll get every Utahn connected.”

  ACP is available for homes with an income of less than twice the federal poverty level, $55,000 a year for a family of four or $27,000 a year for an individual. Also, those who receive SNAP/EBT, Medicaid, or free and reduced-price school lunch would also qualify.

ACP is a game-changer that makes high-speed internet available to families across the state. United Way of Salt Lake operates a 2-1-1 help center in Utah, where 6% percent of calls are related to bill payment assistance. The center will refer inbound callers to Internet Essentials and ACP when calls refer to internet bills.

“Working toward all Utahns having access to high-speed, in-home broadband is the right thing to do,” said Deneiva Knight, Comcast external affairs director. “We're proud to support the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides people with the digital resources needed to actively participate in today's society.”