Comcast deal supports low-income veterans

This August, Comcast expanded its Internet Essentials program to provide low-income veterans with computer and internet services.

Internet Essentials, a program for low-income households that began in 2011, has connected more than 6million Americans — 208,000 of them in Maryland — in 1.5 million homes to high-speed internet service.


Comcast Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs Josh Bokee came to this month’s Veterans Advisory Council meeting to share information on the program with Carroll County’s veterans agencies.

“At Comcast, a commitment to veterans and support for the military community is one of our core values,” Jessica Gappa, director of community impact for Comcast wrote in a statement last week.

“In 2017, we surpassed our goal of hiring 10,000 veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, as well as military spouses across our company,” she stated, “and we are always looking for ways to show our support beyond our walls.

“We are proud to expand Internet Essentials eligibility for low-income veterans,” stated Gappa, “and with this expansion, more than one million low-income veterans across the Comcast footprint are now eligible for low-cost, high-speed internet; an affordable computer; and free digital skills training.”

The program offers internet to low-income veterans for $9.95 per month — and its website,, states that comes with no credit check, no installation fees, no term contracts, and in-home WiFi included. Low-income veterans are also eligible for low-cost computers.

Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2, said when Bokee told him about the program at the Maryland Association of Counties conference a few months ago, he knew he wanted to share the information with Carroll County veterans agencies and individuals as soon as possible.

“I invited Josh to the VAC so people from the various agencies could get in touch with him and know it’s available,” Weaver said Tuesday. “I noticed housing people were interested too — so we kind of killed two birds with one stone.

“So now we have something else for veterans in Carroll County,” he said. “It’s just another benefit.”

And Weaver clarified it is a benefit, not a handout.

“These are all things they earned,” he said. “Everything we do for veterans they earned. They served their country; they earned it.”

More information on Internet Essentials, including the application for services, can be found at the program’s website,