A recent poll reports that 85% of Americans use the Internet, but less than half of Senior Citizens have Internet access at home. While Age is a contributing factor, cost is also a major issue. Many of us use the internet on a regular basis, it not daily definitely weekly and we can’t imagine living without it.
In 2000 only 50% used the Internet and climbed to 85% in 2012 but has not changed since then. Of that persistent 15% that are not online about 40% of them are older adults 65+ and 3% are in their 20’s, this is all according to Pew Research.
Regardless of age, about 14% of those earning $30k to $50k weren’t online, that’s three time more than the number that make $75k or more (42%). When Pew asked non-Internet users why they weren’t online, 1 in 5 cited costs.
While improved technology has reduced provider’s costs to connect you to the Internet, consumers pay an average of $50 a month, which is $10 more than a decade ago.
In late August 2015 Comcast announced plans to offer low-cost Internet to low-income seniors in San Francisco and retiree-friendly Palm Beach County, Florida. This is an expansion of their 2011 program “Internet Essentials” of which they recently boosted the speed from 5Mbps to 10 Mbps. This is probably just enough speed for grandparents to Skype, it comes with a free wi-fi router and costs 9.95 per month.
At the time this article was written, qualifications for this program were unclear and only a vague identification of the low-income groups this test offer was extended too.
Read Article (Ethan Wolff-Mann | time.com | 08/21/2015)
This announcement is strictly promotional, it really has value only for Comcast. Suffice it to say that savings many providers enjoy, are not passed on to their customers.
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