Comcast investing $1 billion to close 'digital divide' over next 10 years2021-03-25 20:32 by Daniela
Tags: Comcast, Internet Essential
Comcast announced Wednesday that it plans to invest $1 billion over the next decade to connect more low-income Americans to broadband internet.
Comcast's $1 billion commitment will include investments in a number of critical areas, including additional support for its ongoing Lift Zone initiative, which will establish Wi-Fi-connected safe spaces in more than 1,000 community centers nationwide for students and adults by the end of 2021; new laptop and computer donations; grants for nonprofit community organizations to create opportunities for low-income Americans, particularly in media, technology, and entrepreneurship; and continued investment in the company's landmark Internet Essentials program.
Internet Essentials offers $9.95 per month broadband service and a free modem to families receiving public assistance. A comparable retail package, Comcast's Xfinity Prepaid Internet service, delivers the same 50 Mbps speeds at $45 per month, with a one-time $35 fee for the modem.
Comcast said that, working with nonprofit partners, it has connected 10 million people in America to the internet over the past decade.
"Ten years is a remarkable milestone, signifying an extraordinary amount of work and collaboration with our incredible community partners across the country," said Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable. "Together, we have been able to connect millions of people to the power of the Internet at home, and to the endless opportunity, education, growth, and discovery it provides.
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