PHILADELPHIA - Comcast has launched its newly redesigned online Learning Center on the Internet Essentials website, www.InternetEssentials.com/Learning.
The enhanced online Learning Center now includes a social media section, a refreshed design that features a guided tour for easier navigation and new digital literacy education videos, all of which support Comcast's digital literacy education and awareness efforts by providing consumers with basic resources and tools on how to explore and use the Internet, officials said.
The videos feature some of NBC's "Today" Show talent, including Al Roker, Sara Haines and Jenna Wolfe. Other TV talent showcased in the videos include Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts and NBC's Kate Snow and Joelle Garguilo.
"When we first launched the Internet Essentials program, we knew that helping to close the digital divide would mean more than just offering discounted Internet service and computers to qualified customers," said Susan Jin Davis, vice president of strategic services for Comcast. "We realized it would also be necessary to offer our customers resources and information that would help them use the Internet to its fullest. The enhancements made to the online Learning Center will make it easier, we believe, for first-time users to get acquainted with the Internet and introduce them to the many valuable resources that are available online like job search tools, education and health care information."
There are seven new digital literacy videos that can be accessed by anyone from the Learning Center on the Internet Essentials website. The videos are approximately three to five minutes in length and give step-by-step directions on topics including: how to search the Web; e-mail basics; educational resources/homework helpers; health care resources; introduction to social media and online job search tools.
Additional archival videos from NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, are available on the Learning Center and focus on Internet safety and security topics ranging from spam and spyware to cyberbullying.
Comcast has also enhanced the Internet safety and security software that is provided for free with Internet Essentials to include the Constant Guard Protection Suite, which includes Norton Security software, password safeguards and identity theft protection software.
Internet Essentials is a broadband adoption program that Comcast launched in 2011 to help more students and families get online. While participating in Internet Essentials, customers receive residential Internet service for just $9.95 plus tax a month; no price increases, activation fees or equipment rental fees; a computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 plus tax; and access to free Internet training online, in print and in person.
A household is eligible to participate in the Internet Essentials program if it meets the following criteria:
Has at least one child who is eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches through their enrollment in the National School Lunch Program.
Has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days.
Does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
For information about Internet Essentials, visit www.InternetEssentials.com. Educators or those interested in helping to spread the word can find information at www.internetessentials.com/partner. Parents looking to enroll in the program can call (855) 846-8376.