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Comcast's Low Income $9.95 Internet Program Expands To Include Seniors In Detroit

We are currently in the digital age, however there is still a huge gap between those who have access to internet and those who don’t. At last count, 39% of households in Detroit do not have internet of any kind. And if you don’t have internet and know how to use it, you don’t have a shot at moving up in the modern world. Comcast’s Internet Essentials has been providing low-income households the opportunity to sign up for internet for $9.95 a month. It’s found a measure of success compared to...

Comcast Starts Advanced Trial Program Of Gigabit Service In City Of Detroit

The internet is quickly becoming a utility as essential for modern life as electricity or heat. Speed matters, especially to people who more and more rely on the internet for everyday tasks. In a statement, Comcast announced today that it is launching an advanced consumer trial of a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential customers throughout the entire city of Detroit. According to Comcast, the service is the first citywide 1 Gig servic...

Detroit’s Surveillance Program Expands, Partners With Comcast To Lower Costs

When it comes to reducing crime in the city of Detroit, the Duggan administration is banking on the idea that better technology is going to help. The city announced today that at a Valero gas station on Telegraph in Detroit that Project Green Light is now partnering with Comcast to make the camera systems more affordable. Initially, the program cost $6,000 up front to join and connect to the city’s real time crime center. Now, the technology giant Comcast is offering eligible businesses the...

25,000 Detroit Households Will Now Qualify For High Speed Internet For Less Than $10 A Month

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered to create a new initiative that’s working on closing the digital gap in America. Under the ConnectHome program, public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials, the company’s high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families. An estimated two million HUD-assisted homes will now have access to low-cost internet service across the na...

Local Internet Provider Rocket Fiber Expands Outside of Central Business District

Rocket Fiber, a local Gigabit Internet provider that offers customers internet speeds up to 1,000 times faster than the average residential connection, has finally expanded outside of the Central Business District of downtown and into more of what’s known as “Greater Downtown.” The Midtown, Brush Park, and New Center neighborhoods now have access to Rocket Fiber, according to this blog post by Rocket Fiber. Rocket Fiber launched Gigabit Internet in January. At the time of the launch, there w...

Why Google Fiber Should Come to Detroit

Last week there was an announcement that Google Fiber was going to roll out to four new cities. Those are Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham, all part of an expanding tech corridor in the south. However, very obviously missing from the map is the entire Midwest, including Detroit. With self-described speeds up to 100x the speed of the average broadband connection in the United States, any cities who get this service are at an economic and educational advantage in a variety of way...

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