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A  WiFi service plan is available through Comcast’s Internet Essentials service to families eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and SSI.  The cost is $9.95 per month.  As a sponsor of Hawthorn D73, families who qualify for the Internet Essentials service, Hawthorn D73 will pay the $9.95 monthly fee directly to Comcast.  

Comcast offers several verification options to make the process as easy as possible. A social security card is not necessary as Comcast will accept over 30 different documents, including a number of international documents.  Comcast also offers other options to verify identity, including through SMS text messaging on the parent’s/guardian’s mobile phone.  A full list is available at A household with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may still be eligible for Internet Essentials, due to the Coronavirus emergency.

Features of Internet Essentials Program include: 

  • High-speed Internet service (25/3 Mbps) 

  • 1.2 Terabytes of Internet data usage each month

  • No term contract 

  • No credit check

  • Free plug and go self-installation kit

  • A dedicated phone number to call if help is needed to set up the self-installation kit

  • Xfinity’s WiFi hotspots app for access to millions of secure WiFi hotspots nationwide

  • No need for cable or phone service to access Internet Essentials