Mar. 28, 2016 10:53 am

Philadelphia Housing Authority residents can now access subsidized internet

Comcast's Internet Essentials program was previously offered only to homes with children who received free or reduced school lunches.

Comcast is bringing Internet Essentials to PHA homes.

(Photo by Flickr user Mike Mozart used under a Creative Commons license)

Internet from Philly’s most towering service provider just became more accessible to low-income Philly residents.

Comcast announced on Thursday that its subsidized Internet Essentials program is now available to Philadelphia Housing Authority residents. It was previously offered only to homes with children who received free or reduced school lunches.

The program is also being piloted in Seattle, Miami and Nashville.

The announcement comes on the heels of Comcast’s new, hard-won franchise agreement with the city, which, separate from last week’s announcement, ensures that new Internet Essentials programs will be piloted in Philly and will be accessible to senior citizens and low-income Philadelphians without children (other than PHA residents). Those programs will launch in mid-May.

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