Comcast has dedicated greater than $40 million in money to its digital fairness causes up to now yr, together with $3.5 million extra in grants immediately to assist shut the digital divide.
Comcast immediately introduced $3.5 million for companions together with CodePath, Genesys Works, Jobs for the Future, NPower, I.C. Stars, Alternative at Work, Goodwill, YWCA, and Philadelphia Youth Community.
The Philadelphia-based web supplier additionally stated it plans to speed up its grant exercise in 2021 because it rolls out extra of its Raise Zone Group Middle websites to greater than 1,000 places throughout the nation.
The intention of this system is to shut the hole between the wealthy and poor in relation to web entry, and it additionally goals to spice up digital literacy and the homework hole. The brand new and expanded efforts are designed to assist join as many People to the web as doable and create new alternatives for underrepresented communities by means of the schooling, sources, and expertise coaching they want to achieve immediately’s digital financial system.
Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable, stated in a press release that the corporate has targeted on addressing inequities in under-resourced communities by means of the Internet Essentials program for greater than a decade, however the want is larger now.
In 2020, Comcast redoubled its efforts, as COVID-19 highlighted the discrepancy in web entry as most children needed to join remotely to get their schoolwork accomplished.
Since 2011, Comcast has related thousands and thousands of individuals to the Web at residence, donated tens of hundreds of free laptops to college students and households throughout the nation, and invested $700 million in digital literacy, expertise coaching, and consciousness packages which have reached 11 million folks.
Comcast is now doubling this system’s web obtain pace to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and rising the upstream pace to five Mbps for all new and present prospects at no extra value. To obtain the elevated web speeds, present prospects is not going to have to do something. The brand new speeds will probably be rolled out nationally starting March 1.
That is the sixth time in 10 years that Comcast has elevated broadband speeds for Web Necessities prospects whereas conserving the price of the service at $9.95 a month. As well as, Comcast rolled out its xFi and xFi Superior Safety product options to Web Necessities prospects at no cost and the corporate continues to supply 60 days of free service to any new Web Necessities buyer who indicators up earlier than June 30, 2021.
Comcast additionally not too long ago introduced a multi-year program to launch greater than 1,000 Raise Zones in neighborhood facilities throughout the nation by working with its community of hundreds of nonprofit companions and metropolis leaders. Thus far, Comcast has put in a number of hundred Raise Zones to additional tackle the homework hole. Raise Zones present secure areas for college kids to entry free WiFi to allow them to take part in distance studying and do their schoolwork. Comcast is now accelerating that timeline to attach 1,000 Raise Zones by the top of this yr – greater than a yr forward of its unique plan.
Comcast can be increasing its focused philanthropic investments in organizations working to extend digital fairness and contributing to the collective motion wanted to drive sustained change. These new organizations and investments are targeted on creating larger pathways to alternatives for communities of shade, notably in media, expertise, arts, and entrepreneurship.
Since final yr, Comcast has dedicated greater than $40 million in money to schooling and equity-focused companions that share the corporate’s targets of advancing social justice and equality. A number of these companions embody Per Scholas, Coded by Children, Middle for Black Innovation, Inside-Metropolis Arts, and Construct.org.
Collectively, Comcast and its companions are serving to extra folks of shade achieve the schooling and significant workforce growth expertise wanted to entry profession alternatives in media and expertise.
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