Comcast Washington has announced that it is looking to further advance digital equity, close the digital divide, and address digital literacy throughout the state through a series of new and expanded efforts.
The new and expanded efforts include:
- Internet Essentials: Comcast is doubling the download and upload speeds of its low-income internet adoption service, Internet Essentials, for new and existing customers at no additional cost. The new speeds began rolling out to customers statewide on March 1, and will be added to their accounts automatically, increasing download speed to 50 Mbps and upstream speed to 5 Mbps. These speeds support multiple concurrent videoconferencing sessions and enable family members with multiple children to learn and work from home.
- Lift Zones: Comcast is accelerating the timeline to connect 1,000 WiFi-connected community centers, known as “Lift Zones,” by the end of this year — more than a year ahead of its original plan. The company has Lift Zones launched with key partners in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Spokane counties across the state, and is actively working with and seeking partners across its service footprint statewide to open more throughout the year. So far, Comcast has identified 40 Lift Zones to further address the homework gap in the state.
- Targeted Philanthropic Investments: Comcast is expanding its targeted philanthropic investments in organizations working to increase digital equity and contributing to the collective action needed to drive sustained change. These new organizations and investments are focused on creating greater pathways to opportunities for communities of color, particularly in media, technology, arts, and entrepreneurship. Since last year, Comcast has committed more than $40 million in cash to education and equity-focused partners that share the company’s goals of advancing social justice and equality.