Posted: October 25, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. CDT|Update: 1 hour ago
RICHMOND, Virginia., 25 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Comcast today announced a $ 25,000 grant to support CodeVA and its free computer programs for students and teachers in the city, as well as a donation of 500 free laptops, which will be distributed to Richmond Public school students and the elderly residing across the city. The grant and donation are part of the company’s 10th anniversarye anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which is the country’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption effort for low-income households. Since 2011, it has connected a cumulative total of 360,000 people in Virginia.
“It’s an incredible day for the City of Richmond, and I want to thank Comcast for its long-standing commitment to digital equity, ”said Cynthia Newbille, Chairman of the Richmond City Council. “This grant will help us connect even more residents to the Internet so they can learn the digital skills that are essential for success in today’s digital world.
Beyond financial subsidy and laptop donation, Comcast is focused on increasing broadband adoption in Richmond through Lift Zones, which provide free Wi-Fi in select recreation centers, community centers, senior centers and social housing computer labs. In addition, the company offers hundreds of hours of free digital skills training to residents, enabling more students, seniors, veterans and others to learn how to go online for the first time. ‘distance learning, job search, telehealth services, etc.
“This generous donation of laptops from Comcast will make a real difference in the lives of many of our students and their families,” said Cheryl Burke, president of Richmond Board of Education of Public Schools. “Internet connectivity, devices and digital literacy are essential to stay competitive in today’s world, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Comcast. “
Comcast also supports the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a federal government temporary benefit program designed to help qualified low-income households with credit of up to $ 50 per month to their Internet service while program funding is exhausted. For Comcast Internet Essentials customers, household participation in the EBB would eliminate all costs of the Internet Essentials service.
“Our goal is to bring every resident of Richmond connected to the Internet, ”said Antoine Banks, director of government affairs for Comcast’s Beltway region. “There is no silver bullet to bridge the digital divide, but we have been working on it for 10 years with Internet Essentials and we will continue to work with the City of Richmond, Richmond Public schools and our local nonprofit partners to drive internet adoption, enhance digital literacy, and ultimately create a connected city. “
UP & Comcast Project $ 1 billion Commitment to Advancing Digital Equity
For more than a decade, Comcast has connected more people to the Internet and the technology they need to participate and excel in an increasingly digital world. Looking to the next decade, Comcast is building on that foundation and expanding its impact through Project UP, a global initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of limitless possibilities. Supported by a $ 1 billion commitment to reaching 50 million people, Project UP encompasses community programs and partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky that connect people to the internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. For more information on Project UP and the latest news on efforts to tackle digital inequalities, including therecent expansion of Comcast RISE investment fundto provide millions in grants to small business owners of color andinvestment in research to increase diversity in technology and digital, visithttps://corporate.comcast.com/impact/project-up.
About Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials is Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. In 10 years, it has connected 10 million low-income Americans to high-speed home Internet, most for the very first time. It has a comprehensive design that addresses each of the top three barriers to broadband adoption. This includes several options for accessing free digital literacy training on paper, online and in person; the option of purchasing a low cost, heavily subsidized Internet-ready computer; and low-cost high-speed internet service for $ 9.95 per month, plus taxes. The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials and nonprofit community partners. For more information on Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/education. To apply, visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people at important times. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across United States and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video services through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and stream premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Air Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts at United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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