Comcast Expands Low-Cost Internet, Cell Phone Service, and More Business News

Comcast expands the internet for less

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

The $30 per month benefit can be applied to any Xfinity Internet service level. Customers can sign up for Internet Essentials Plus, which includes 100 Mbps download speeds, cable modem and WiFi router, and is free after government credit is applied. Additionally, Xfinity Internet customers participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program can now add mobile service through Xfinity Mobile.

“We’re proud to have connected more than 500,000 Tennessees to the Internet since launching Internet Essentials, our low-cost broadband adoption program in 2011,” said Jason Gumbs, senior regional vice president. from Comcast, in an announcement of the new program. “As the world becomes more digital, it’s crucial 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 register.

Wheelchair manufacturer expands to Tennessee

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

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

“The contributions of our Permobil team enable us to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and we are excited about our expansion and the new jobs we are creating in 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 issues

Ford is issuing two recalls covering more than 737,000 vehicles to fix oil leaks and trailer brake systems that won’t work.

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

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

The trailer brake recall includes the 2021 and 2022 F-150 pickup trucks, as well as the 2022 F-250, 350, 450 and 550. Also covered are the 2022 Maverick pickup truck and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

A software error can prevent trailers from braking, increasing the risk of an accident.

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

GM recalls SUVs over wiper failure

General Motors is recalling nearly 682,000 compact SUVs because windshield wipers may fail.

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

Wiper module ball joints can rust, causing one or both wipers to fail, increasing the risk of an accident.

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

Casey J. Nelson