Comcast allocated more than $ 40 million in cash for its digital equity purposes last year, including new $ 3.5 million grants to help bridge the digital divide.
Comcast today announced $ 3.5 million for partners including CodePath, Genesys Works, Jobs for the Future, NPower, IC Stars, Opportunity at Work, Goodwill, YWCA, and Philadelphia Youth Network.
The Philadelphia-based internet provider also plans to accelerate its grant activities in 2021 as more Lift Zone Community Center locations become available in over 1,000 locations across the country.
The program aims to eliminate the wealth gap in internet access, promote digital literacy and close the so-called homework gap. The new and expanded efforts are designed to help connect as many Americans as possible to the Internet and create new opportunities for underrepresented communities through the education, resources, and skills they need to thrive in today’s digital economy.
Dave Watson, Comcast Cable CEO, said in a statement that the company has focused for more than a decade on addressing inequalities in communities with limited resources through the Internet Essentials program, but that the need is now greater.
Photo credit: Joy Asico / Comcast
Comcast stepped up its efforts in 2020 when COVID-19 highlighted the internet access gap for children who had to connect remotely to do their schoolwork.
Since 2011, Comcast has connected millions of people to the Internet at home. donated tens of thousands of free laptops to students and families across the country; and invested $ 700 million in digital literacy, training and awareness programs that have reached 11 million people.
Comcast is now doubling the program’s internet download speed to 50 megabits per second (Mbit / s) and increasing the upstream speed to 5 Mbit / s for all new and existing customers at no additional cost. To maintain the increased internet speeds, you must Do nothing to existing customers, and the new speeds will roll out nationwide starting March 1st.
This is the sixth time in 10 years that Comcast has increased broadband speeds for Internet Essentials customers while keeping the cost of the service at $ 9.95 per month. Comcast has also made its xFi and xFi Advanced Security product features available to Internet Essentials customers free of charge. The company continues to offer 60 days of free service to every new Internet Essentials customer who signs up before June 30, 2021.
Photo credit: Comcast
Comcast recently announced a multi-year program to create more than 1,000 elevator zones in community centers across the country in collaboration with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city guides. To date, Comcast has installed several hundred lift zones to further fill the homework gap. Elevator Zones provide students with secure spaces to access free WiFi so they can take distance learning and complete their schoolwork. Comcast is now accelerating that schedule to connect 1,000 lift zones by the end of this year – more than a year ahead of its original plan.
Comcast is also expanding its targeted philanthropic investments in organizations that work to increase digital equity and contribute to the collective action needed to drive sustainable change. These new organizations and investments aim to create better avenues for color community opportunities, particularly in the media, technology, art and entrepreneurship sectors.
Since last year, Comcast has provided more than $ 40 million in cash to education and equity-minded partners who share the company’s goals of promoting social justice and equality. These partners include Per Scholas, Coded by Kids, the Center for Black Innovation, Inner-City Arts, and Build.org.
Together, Comcast and its partners are helping more colored people acquire the education and critical workforce development skills necessary to access career opportunities in media and technology.
GamesBeat’s credo for the gaming industry is “where passion meets business”. What does that mean? We want to tell you how important the news is to you – not only as a decision maker in a game studio, but also as a game fan. Whether you’re reading our articles, listening to our podcasts, or watching our videos, GamesBeat is here to help you learn and engage with the industry.
How are you going to do that Membership includes access to:
- Newsletters like DeanBeat
- The wonderful, instructive and funny speakers at our events
- Networking opportunities
- Special member-only interviews, chats and “Open Office” events with GamesBeat employees
- Chat with community members, GamesBeat staff and other guests on our Discord
- And maybe even a fun prize or two
- Introductions to like-minded people
become a member