Comcast Invests $1 Billion To Help Low-Income People Get Online

Comcast will invest $1 billion to address the digital divide among low-income Americans.

Comcast plans to invest in its Internet Essentials program as it'll put $1 billion toward a number of initiatives, including supporting its new Lift Zone effort, which establishes Wi-Fi connections in public spaces such as community centers.

Comcast opened up Lift Zones in Philadelphia and Chicago, when schools and libraries were closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The company expects to connect more than 1,000 community centers nationwide by the end of 2021.

"Ten years is a remarkable milestone, signifying an extraordinary amount of work and collaboration with our incredible community partners across the country," Dave Watson, chief executive officer of Comcast Cable, said in a statement. "Today, we are rededicating ourselves to this mission to ensure that the next generation of students in America has the tools, resources, and abilities they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world."

The company's renewed commitment to the program follows a series of initiatives announced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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