WASHINGTON, May 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today commended Comcast for the expansion of its "Internet Essentials" program, which offers discounted Internet service to low-income households.

"Comcast, a strong partner of the USHCC, understands that the state of our nation's global, economic leadership benefits from all Americans having access to basic tools for learning and prospering in the 21st Century. Quite simply, this means affordable broadband internet access for children to learn and adults to find work and stay informed," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "With over $120 million dedicated toward the expansion of digital literacy, Comcast is showing a commitment to promoting community service and building tomorrow's leaders in developing neighborhoods. In a recovering economy, it is refreshing to see companies like Comcast showing true leadership by offering practical solutions at the community level and making smart investments in America's future," Palomarez added.

The program has already expanded Internet access to hundreds of thousands of families in need nationwide, by providing $9.95-a-month broadband Internet service to those who live within the Comcast service area and have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.

"Internet Essentials" has also distributed more than 15,000 netbook computers at less than $150 each in less than two years. Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen said, "In just 16 months, Internet Essentials has helped put a real dent in the digital divide and connected more than 150,000 families or 600,000 Americans to the power of the Internet, most for the first time in their lives. To put that in perspective, that's approximately the entire population of Washington, D.C., or Boston."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Communications Manager 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce