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Comcast extends cheap Web access amid deal review

Brian Hunt, Director Engineering, South Florida, stands among the cables and routers at a Comcast distribution center where the Comcast regional video, high speed data and voice are piped out to customers on February 13, 2014 in Miramar, Florida. Comcast, which is seeking approval of a $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, said it will extend beyond June its offer of low-cost broadband Internet for low-income families.
Brian Hunt, Director Engineering, South Florida, stands among the cables and routers at a Comcast distribution center where the Comcast regional video, high speed data and voice are piped out to customers on February 13, 2014 in Miramar, Florida. Comcast, which is seeking approval of a $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, said it will extend beyond June its offer of low-cost broadband Internet for low-income families.
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Comcast says it will continue to offer low-cost broadband Internet connections to low-income families beyond the three-year commitment it made when it bought NBCUniversal.

The extension beyond this June comes as Comcast seeks approval for its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, which will extend its lead as the nation's top pay TV and Internet access provider.

Regulators are expected to spend around a year reviewing the deal.

Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. plans to list the program's extension as one of the deal's benefits.

It also pledged $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations to help pay for computer literacy sessions, buy computers and set up Wi-Fi hotspots.

Comcast's Internet Essentials has so far connected 300,000 low-income homes with Internet access for $10 a month.