Sharon Turano is a mother of three and a frontline worker caring for elderly dementia patients. Two years ago, Turano set up low-cost, high-speed broadband at her home through Internet Essentials from Comcast after learning about it from her daughter’s school.
Now, with COVID-19 bringing her three children home to learn online, she is very happy to have it.
I would definitely recommend Internet Essentials to everybody,” Turano said.
The family is also happy to have at-home internet during this time to stay connected with family and for Turano to be able to get some work done from home. “Getting documentation sent out for work would have taken longer if I didn’t have my own internet,” Turano said.
Turano said that remote learning is going better than she anticipated with all three kids doing well in school, but she’s still hoping they’ll return to in-person learning when it’s safe.
Comcast has connected more than 180,000 low-income New Mexicans to the internet at home through Internet Essentials since launching the program in 2011; since COVID-19, it has connected thousands more.
Families who are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others — like the Turano family in Albuquerque — can sign up for Internet Essentials from Comcast and get high-speed internet for $9.95 a month, as well as computers at a discounted price. Additionally, families who sign up by June 30, 2021 will recieve free Internet service for the first 60 days.