More than 1 million households in N.J. may be eligible for free internet service – are you?

Comcast, offering free and discounted Internet in New Jersey through a federal program, said hundreds of thousands of eligible Jerseyans are not taking advantage

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Comcast in New Jersey is offering free and discounted Internet options through the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity program – and it feels 1.1 million New Jersey households qualify to receive the benefit.

The ACP provides eligible low-income households with a credit up to $30 per month toward the cost of their Internet and/or mobile services – but less than a quarter of those are taking advantage of it, Comcast officials said.

Eligible residents can apply their credit to any tier of Xfinity Internet service and with Comcast’s Internet Essentials or Internet Essentials Plus, customers can get Internet at no cost once the federal credit is applied.

Internet Essentials customers can also add a line of unlimited 5G cellular data ($45) through Xfinity Mobile for as little as $24.95/month after the ACP benefit is applied.

Since 2011, Internet Essentials from Comcast has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people from low-income families to the Internet at home, including 424,000 in New Jersey.

“Through Internet Essentials and the Affordable Connectivity Program, cost is no longer a barrier to low-income residents getting reliable broadband at home,” Dan Bonelli, SVP, Comcast Freedom Region, said.

“In-stores, by phone or online, our teams are ready to help qualifying customers learn about the ACP and sign up for services so they can take advantage of everything the Internet has to offer.”

For more details on eligibility, click here.

In the last three years, Comcast has invested nearly $1 billion in technology and infrastructure in New Jersey, including improvements to its broadband network.

Bonelli said Comcast is also deeply committed to advancing digital equity in the communities it serves. The company’s recent community partnerships in New Jersey have totaled $18.6 million in cash and in-kind contributions to more than 196 local non-profits over the last three years.

This investment includes the installation of 36 Lift Zones, which provide free, high-speed WiFi service to local community centers to promote digital learning. Internet Essentials and Lift Zones are part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive, 10-year, $1 billion pledge to advance digital equity through programs and community partnerships that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators.

New and existing customers can visit an Xfinity Store or speak with a Comcast representative by calling 844-389-4681 or by clicking here.