Some days I feel almost like a chump for being stupid enough to work and pay for everything I have out of my own pocket — including my kids’ lunches and regular price for Internet access:

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Not to be an a-hole for daring suggest this, but how about cheaper Internet service for people who do pay for their kids’ lunches? Might they need a break even more?

You can tell Comcast is headed up by Hope & Change Kool Aid guzzlers because they seem to think the people who deserve a break the most are the parents who allow their kids to be wards of the state.

Why? Because Comcast cares. Have very little income? Comcast is there to improve the human condition. Family on food stamps? Not an issue, we’ll sign you up, and at lower rates! Have you missed mortgage or car payments? No big deal! Got an over-due Comcast bill? NOW THERE’S A PROBLEM!

I haven’t looked into this much yet, but I can’t help but wonder if Comcast doesn’t have some sort of sweetheart tax deal with the government that pretty much refunds them whatever this cut from their regular rates costs them in return for helping promote dependency. Yes, I’m that skeptical today, but in a world where free cell phones are now a civil right, anything’s possible.

Update:

You just knew there was a government element at work:

As part of its merger with NBC Universal earlier this year, Comcast is required to provide 2.5 million low-income households with high-speed Internet for less than $10 a month; computers for less than $150 a month; and digital literacy training, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

“Comcast: Because we care — we had to or the merger wouldn’t go through…”

Comments

21 Responses to “Comcast Offers Cheap Internet if Your Child Gets Free School Lunches”

  1. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 3:54 pm

    Doug,

    I believe we're beginning to see the effects of that "Rural Broadband Access Act" (?) that we're in the process of paying for? I believe Michelle touched on this briefly.

    So… you're family "can't afford" to feed your own children but you've somehow managed to buy a COMPUTER and I'll bet they also have cable TV! Call it a Starter Dependency Bundle.

  2. Dexter_Alarius on August 3rd, 2011 4:12 pm

    So, not only are these people among the 50+ percent of wage earners who don't pay ANY federal income tax, we have to subsidize their internet porn addictions?
    I might be for this program if there were firewalls that blocked everything except email, and job search sites.

  3. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 4:26 pm

    Dex,

    +1

    Never thought of that. Especially if this is "for the children" then there shouldn't be any objections? Next step for fledgling Depenency Seekers is ( how do 'I' get on free school lunches to score this great deal? )

  4. Portia on August 3rd, 2011 4:28 pm

    And let me explain a dirty little Comcast secret. They use foreign nationals and pay them around $3 an hour hour to install the equipment. My son, a recent college graduate, worked for them in MD up until last month when we all figured out Comcast was real deep into slave labor. They don't even pay overtime and get out of having a law suit because they make employees sign an arbitration agreement while making wild promises about how much they will make "if you're willing to work." They work you 9 or 10 days straight; most days 12 to 16 hours; they have pages of arcane provisions for why they won't pay for the $300 a month truck allowance and $90 a week gas allowance. Most of the employees are from Africa and Jamaica.

    NBC and Comcast. are real deep into unfair labor practices which is why they don't worry about the free isntallations.

  5. Granny55 on August 3rd, 2011 4:49 pm

    Right On – Right On!!!!

  6. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 4:54 pm

    Portia,

    We need to call these clowns out on this! No wonder the guys look so dog tired and humorless when they finally arrive?

    Sales people like me are USED to getting screwed for "not 'quite' having hit your numbers" but people doing manual labor shouldn't be treated this way. As a matter of fact neither should 'we' and ultimately 'we' were the model these hucksters used!

    As a general ROT, if a job ad says "if you're willing to work" and is based on some "sliding scale matrix" take a pass. THIS is what it always translates to. These people aren't "trying to make it in Hollywood" or some far fetched notion. Just trying to make a living. Thanks for sharing that. Just another nothing burger the LSM can't be bothered with.

  7. Hyperfobea on August 3rd, 2011 5:43 pm

    Ahhhhh-righty … so the parasites aren't just among the plebian masses!?

  8. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2011 6:09 pm

    As if I weren`t paranoid enough about new technologies…..

    FACEBOOK using facial recognition tech. on on-line stored pics…
    Companies offering to store pics on-line in password protected accts…..Really….are they safe ?
    This huge push to get every cellphone user to upgrade to smartphones……my computer whiz nephew won`t have one – you`re then "too connected" !

    After the school admin. were caught turning laptop cameras on remotely while the laptops were at home w/ students…..who else`s `puter gets turned on ? HMMMM ? And by whom ?????

    My 7+ yr old cellphone has an "off" setting for GPS…..is it really "off" ? New phones can be GPS activated remotely. Can yours ?

    No, I don`t trust my gooberment !

  9. Granny55 on August 3rd, 2011 6:19 pm

    Maybe all of us old farts nearing retirement should adopt a few of these poor little tykes and we can get the deal too.

  10. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 8:11 pm

    Granny,

    Don't laugh. Mrs. Will and I considered taking several elderly folks in thru our church. We're a block from it and we've known these folks for years. So WHAT if the kids stop by? We'd rather give back to people that HAVE done something for the country!

    Our only issue right now is parking. Mrs. W's cousin runs a number of adult care facilities in Vegas so they know the in's & outs. Go Galt AND get tax breaks! I keep telling you guys.., always another way.

  11. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 8:14 pm

    "New phones can be GPS activated remotely. Can yours ?"

    Uh… what's GPS?

    Seriously! So if you're at a certain Lat/Long it can be involuntarily activated by entering a map grid or something? Not sure I follow.

  12. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2011 8:59 pm

    Most cell phones transmit a signal that can be tracked the same as Global Positioning System (if it isn`t actually GPS). Older models like mine can be turned off manually and transmit that signal only if I call 911 or turn it on. New smart phones can be remotely controlled by LEOs and techs with authority in certain investigations. That incl. speakers, cameras and other areas for info gathering. This is not paranoid thinking, it is factual and happens more than people know. Computers are also "hackable / remotely accessible" to one degree or another.

    Do you remember the story of a school administrator (principal I think) who was caught turning on laptop`s cameras that were issued to students while those students were at home….in their bedrooms ? He did it remotely, from his office I presume.

  13. OK_Loyalist on August 3rd, 2011 9:26 pm

    All welfare of all types and forms should have mandatory drug/substance testing.

  14. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2011 9:34 pm

    Agreed !

    Whatever happened to "workfare" ?

  15. OK_Loyalist on August 3rd, 2011 10:08 pm

    We have a guy that works for us part time. He doesn't have a lot of skills nor much of an education and a damaged life growing up, which limits his income. He doesn't drink, do drugs or smoke. He works most everyday, with either us or other places. He is on food stamps.

    People like him, I understand, he at least tries.

  16. Marshall_Will on August 4th, 2011 2:18 am

    SPG,

    Sure, it was in none other than Detroit! Doug's fave place to hang out. ?

    I believe Michelle ran a series of articles on that. Of course you and I PAID for it. Thanks for the tech tips. I'm avail. by landline like 12 hours a day.

    If in a situation where a cell phone were required, I'd probably -want- someone to know where I am. Thanks for the tech tips. Another reason not to have one.

  17. Marshall_Will on August 4th, 2011 2:24 am

    OK,

    I don't even KNOW the guy and I like him! At a recent gig a professional musician asked us why a band our caliber had such an obvious beginner base player? Why not a top notch session guy?

    I said if you knew that guy 4 years ago..!? Strung out on drugs, afraid to leave his apt. no job and generally going NOwhere. The Band was his last chance. His older brother and I got him turned around. ( Early 20's )

    Now he has a job, steady and attractive GF and… he's growing his skills measureably each time we play! It was the Christian thing to do. Dude said "cool". And we think so too.

  18. OK_Loyalist on August 4th, 2011 2:36 am

    I try every day to find him a permanent job that gets him off of assistance.

  19. SignPainterGuy on August 4th, 2011 3:32 am

    Good job, boys !

  20. SignPainterGuy on August 4th, 2011 3:48 am

    I didn`t much want one at first, `97, but it made sense to be in reach of my elderly mom. Then when I started travelling it really became useful. I`d give up my landline first now. I don`t want or need a smart phone, but I am looking at an upgrade to one troops use; water, dirt and shock resistant with video camera and removable data card. No desire to surf the web by phone, data charges can bump the fees to over $100. a mo. No thanks !

    I have a good nationwide cell pkg. with a ton of min., texting and free long distance for less than my landline without LD. They keep wanting to upgrade the home ph. LD service. I ask, "Can you beat free ?" They leave me alone then !

  21. Allen on December 23rd, 2015 8:05 am

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