WASHINGTON (AP) — Comcast is starting the second year of its Internet Essentials program in Washington to provide high-speed Internet at low cost for low-income families.

The company will announce an expansion of the program Monday with District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray at Kramer Middle School. The program is part of an effort to close the gap between those who have broadband Internet service and those who can’t afford it.

Comcast says it is expanding eligibility for the program to include all families with children who are eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches. They can get broadband Internet service for $10 a month in the program, along with training. The families also qualify for a voucher to buy a computer for $150.

About 400,000 people nationwide are enrolled.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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