The May 10 front-page article “ Comcast’s low-income Web access draws fire ,” about the company’s Internet Essentials program, reported that only poor families — those with children eligible for free or reduced-cost school lunches — qualify for this $10-per-month service.

Later the article stated that a schoolgirl complained that, although her family qualified for the service, she often doesn’t use it because it is faster to look up information on her smartphone. What is wrong with this picture? Why do families that can afford smartphone service need subsidized Internet access?

Gary Jacobsen, Woodbridge