Comcast is taking steps to keep people connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is offering a low-income Internet Essentials package that includes two months of free internet.
While it’s not high-speed, it will help people stay connected to the internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home.
The speed of the program’s internet service has been increased to 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads.
That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
To sign up to Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, go to www.internetessentials.com.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will also be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
Comcast is also pausing customer data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
The company say it will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact them and let them know they can’t pay their bills during this time.