PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More local families will have access to the Internet thanks to a new program offered by Comcast.

Internet Essentials is a program designed to help bridge the education gap between low and higher-income families.

“And that gap is driving tremendous disparities in the availability of the Internet. And you say to yourself, ‘What does that matter?’ and it should matter to all of us,” David Cohen, with Comcast, said.

Pittsburgh is the first market in Pennsylvania to offer this program which includes $9.95 a month Internet access and a voucher to buy a computer for $149.99.

“This isn’t just a free giveaway,” Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato said. “We’re asking for responsibility here too for anybody who participates in this program.”

It is an option to help bring the Internet to families that can’t afford it now. If you qualify for a free school lunch, you may qualify for this.

Families that qualify for the national free school lunch program should contact their local school district.

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