Parents invited to learn more about low-cost Internet services

Free continental breakfast provided, opportunity for six months of free service

What:              To support greater access for all students to the Internet, the Baltimore County Public Schools Parent University joins with Comcast to offer informational workshops about Internet Essentials, a program aimed at providing low-cost Internet service to eligible families. Families who apply to Internet Essentials before September 20, 2014, may qualify for up to 6 months of complimentary Internet service. Space at the presentations is limited and reservations are required. (Details about how to register by phone or online are listed after each date.)

When &          Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where:            North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

1716 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk, MD 21222

Register online at or call 410-887-0365.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

                        Randallstown Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, 21133

Register online at or call 410-887-0365.


Friday, September 12, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

                        Lansdowne Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

500 Third Avenue, Lansdowne, 21227

Register online at or call 410-887-0365.


Monday, September 15, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

                        Cockeysville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, 21030

Register online at or call 410-887-0365. 


Background:   Having home Internet access can support student achievement by giving students the tools to complete homework, email teachers and stay connected to news and information. Families eligible for the program include those with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Once in the Internet Essentials program, participants receive fast, affordable Internet service for $9.95 a month + tax, the option to purchase a computer for just $150 and access to free digital literacy training.

Comcast is offering an amnesty program for certain low-income families who could qualify for Internet Essentials, but have a past due balance. Comcast customers who have an outstanding bill that is more than one year old are now eligible for the program. Comcast will offer amnesty for that debt for the purpose of connecting to Internet Essentials, so long as the customer meets all the other eligibility criteria.