In a few minutes we’ll be kicking off the second year of Internet Essentials, our broadband adoption program, at a school in Burien. We’re going to hear from speakers, help parents sign up, and watch children interact with SpongeBob Squarepants. You can click on the video above to hear from two of our people, Kyle McSlarrow and Steve Kipp, about what we hope to celebrate and achieve today.
- Children and adults from the Highline School District
- Kyle McSlarrow, President, Comcast NBC Universal
- Susan Enfield, Highline Schools Superintendent
- Brian Bennett, Mayor of Burien
- Will Saunders, Director Broadband Policy and Programs Director, Washington State
- Special guest, SpongeBob SquarePants (to help entertain the kids while we speak to parents; hey, he’s a star…or a sponge)
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
Speakers will be presenting at 10:30.
WHAT: This is the launch of changes to the second year of Internet Essentials, an ambitious program in cooperation with the FCC to bring Internet to people who never had Internet before and who need it for schoolwork and seeking and advancing employment.
The program is being held in conjunction with these partners, who invited families in the Highline School District to come learn more about the program: Highline School District, Neighborhood House, Goodwill and New Futures .
There will be a progress report on the first year of the program in Washington. To date, more than 100,000 families or more than 400,000 low income Americans are enrolled in the Internet Essentials program nationwide. Program participants receive:
- Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus applicable taxes;
- A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus tax; and
- Access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.
WHERE: Seahurst Elementary School gym, 14603 14th Ave SW, Burien.
To learn more about Internet Essentials, please go to www.internetessentials.com