According to a technology report from the City of Seattle, three-quarters of the city’s low-income residents do not have cable internet access. That lack of access can be a huge disadvantage in more ways than one.
Without cable internet access, adults may have a harder time finding jobs, obtaining career training, or applying for government programs. It can also be more difficult for children to complete homework or take advantage of educational or development opportunities.
That’s why Comcast is hosting a series of events starting next week aimed at highlighting the need for more widespread, affordable internet access. The events include participation by U.S. Olympic gold medalists Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, new laptops gifted to 150 students, and a $20,000 grant to support Bunker Labs’ new Digital Boot Camp.
Comcast has already provided internet access to more than 6 million low-income Americans, more than 260,000 of whom are Washington residents, through its Internet Essentials program. Recently, the company expanded the program’s eligibility requirements to include low-income veterans.
“Internet Essentials has had an enormous impact on millions of families and children — and now veterans — who need access to high-speed Internet and technology resources,” said David L. Cohen, Comcast’s senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer. “The Seattle community has its own unique challenges in relation to technology and Internet access. With programs like Internet Essentials, Comcast hopes to offer the region the tools it needs to bridge the digital divide and empower the community to grow and thrive.”
For more information about Comcast’s Internet Essentials, visit here.