Comcast: 150,000 low-income homes have signed up for Internet Essentials service

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) said Tuesday that 150,000 low-income homes had signed up for its $9.95 monthly Internet Essentials service as of Dec. 31.

The program, which launched in August 2011, has seen the most demand in Chicago, which counts more than 15,500 Internet Essentials customers, Comcast EVP David Cohen told reporters on a conference call. The Windy City is followed by Atlanta (11,000 Internet Essentials customers); Houston (7,600); San Francisco (7,400); Denver (6,100); Detroit (5,800); Philadelphia (5,700); Seattle (5,400); and Fresno, Calif. (4,700).

Detroit has seen the highest penetration of the 3 Mbps service, with 11.5 percent of eligible households signing up, Cohen said.

Comcast initially only offered Internet Essentials to families with children that qualified for the National School Lunch Program. The MSO announced Tuesday that it will allow low-income families that homeschool their children to sign up, which will open Internet Essentials to an additional 300,000 families within Comcast's footprint.

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