Comcast extends low-cost internet, mobile and more business news

Comcast expands cheap internet

Through the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), Comcast has introduced new ways for low- and middle-income customers and students to get high-speed Internet and discounted cell phone service.

The $30 per month benefit can be applied to any level of Xfinity internet service. Customers can sign up for Internet Essentials Plus, which includes download speeds of 100 Mbps, a cable modem and Wi-Fi router, and is free after applying for government credit. In addition, Xfinity Internet customers participating in the Affordable Connectivity program can now add mobile services through Xfinity Mobile.

“We are proud to have connected more than 500,000 Tennessee residents to the Internet since we launched Internet Essentials, our low-cost broadband adoption program in 2011,,” said Jason Gumbs, Comcast regional senior vice president, in an announcement of the new program. . “As the world becomes more digital, it is critical that everyone has the resources and opportunities they need to excel in today’s economy.”

New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility and to apply.

Wheelchair maker expands in Tennessee

Permobil, Inc. plans to invest $15.5 million to expand its manufacturing operations at the company’s North American headquarters in Middle Tennessee.

Permobil, a 55-year-old global leader in power and manual wheelchairs, seating and positioning products, and power support, aims to create 70 new jobs over the next five years as the company builds a 70,000-square-foot extension to its existing Lebanon operations.

“Our Permobil team’s contributions enable us to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and we are excited about our expansion and the new jobs we are bringing to Wilson County,” said Chuck Witkowski, president of Permobil Americas .

Permobil has 1,600 employees worldwide and is part of Patricia Industries, a subsidiary of Investor AB.

Ford issues 2 recalls for oil and brake problems

Ford is issuing two recalls for more than 737,000 vehicles to repair oil leaks and trailer braking systems that are not working.

The oil spill recall includes the Ford Escape SUV from 2020 to 2022 and the 2021 and 2022 Bronco Sport SUV with 1.5 liter engines. A housing can crack and oil can leak onto engine parts, creating a fire hazard.

Dealers will replace the housing if necessary. Owners will be notified from April 18.

The trailer braking recall includes 2021 and 2022 F-150 pickups, as well as 2022 F-250, 350, 450 and 550. It also includes 2022 Maverick pickup and SUVs from Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator .

A software error can prevent trailers from braking, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will update the brake control software. Owners will be notified from April 18.

GM recalls SUVs due to windshield wiper failure

General Motors is recalling nearly 682,000 compact SUVs because of the potential for windshield wipers to fail.

The recall affects the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

Ball joints in the wiper module can rust, causing one or both wipers to fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the module and repair or replace it if necessary. Owners will be notified by letter from 2 May.


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