Internet Program Helping Low-Income Families

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – We’re living in a digital age where many of us rely on the internet for everyday tasks, but not everyone can afford to log on, especially on top of other bills.

For those of us who use the internet, we couldn’t imagine our lives without it. But for others, it’s a luxury they can’t afford. Tonya Thayer works to help low-income families. Like John Ndikumana. He was once a refugee in Africa but is now supporting seven kids, six of which attend Rockford Public Schools.

“Last year my daughter was afraid because we didn’t have a computer at home,” Ndikumana said.

But thanks to Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program, Ndikumana now has internet service at an affordable price. He says that is helping all of his children in school, including his daughter.

“Now she has the ability to work fast and they did a good job.”

Supporters of the program say these days, it’s difficult to perform in school without online access.

“Think about it, at night when the kids go home and have to do research, people don’t have encyclopedias on their shelves anymore, everyone has the internet. If you don’t have internet you fall behind,” said Thayer.

To qualify for the internet program, which is $9.95 a month, your kids must receive free or reduced lunch in Rockford Public Schools. Nearly 80% of students receive free or reduced lunch.

In the last two years, Internet Essentials has connected more than one million low-income Americans to the internet.

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