Comcast Cable,Comcast and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will host a press conference to kick off the Internet Essentials Program in Vermont, a new initiative that helps connect low-Income families with children who are eligible for a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to the Internet. The goal of Internet Essentials is to help get more American families online and help close the digital divide. WHO: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin – CONFIRMED Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell (invited) Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith (invited) City of Winooski Mayor Michael O’Brien – CONFIRMED City of Winooski Superintendent of Schools Mary Martineau – CONFIRMED Mary Alice McKenzie, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington – CONFIRMEDMark Reilly, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast Northeast Division – CONFIRMED WHEN: Thursday, September 15 at Noon (*Speaking program begins at 12:15 PM) WHERE: O’Brien Community Center 32 Malletts Bay Avenue, Winooski, VT 05404 BACKGROUND:While America has increasingly become a digital nation, many low-income families are left at a great disadvantage because they don’t have Internet service at home. Internet Essentials has been designed to address this problem and help make broadband adoption a reality for more families. It addresses all three of the main barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified: 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer and, 3) the cost of Internet service. Comcast is asking for help from parents, educators, community leaders and other government officials to join in this effort, spread the word and help increase broadband adoption across Vermont.