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Cable Companies to Offer $9.95 Broadband for Poor Homes

A new program offering broadband to the poor for under $10 a month could go a long way towards helping people find jobs. Microsoft is also helping with $250 computers to low-income families.

As part of a federal effort to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband, cable companies will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for school lunches, starting next summer. The initiative, called “Connect-to-Compete,” also includes Microsoft, which pledges to sell PCs with its Office suite for $250 to low-income families.

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