Comcast Opens Three New Elevator Zones Offering Free Wi-Fi, Donates More Than $100,000 and 250 Free Laptops to Boost Digital Equity in the Region
Livermore, CA –News Direct– Comcast CA
Comcast today announced that it has invested $1 million to bring broadband to Biola, California, a rural community in Fresno County. As part of its broader digital equity initiative in California, Comcast will also open three new lift zones in the Central Valley region, donate more than $100,000 to community organizations for digital literacy programs and will provide free laptops to 250 families.
Biola residential customers will now have access to all Xfinity services, including Internet Essentials, which provides high-speed home Internet for $9.95 per month (plus tax) for qualified families/individuals. Businesses in the area will also now be able to obtain the full suite of Comcast Business products and services.
Additionally, Comcast announced the opening of three new WiFi-connected community centers called Lift Zones, one in the Biola Community Services District and two in Reading & Beyond located in southeast Fresno. Each location will offer free Wi-Fi access to students, families, seniors and community members. With these three additions, Comcast has now established 13 Lift Zones in Fresno County and a total of 150 Lift Zones throughout our California footprint. Last year, Comcast launched Lift Zones at 10 Boys & Girls clubs. Through these overall investments and by providing reliable Wi-Fi service in multiple educational and community spaces, as well as homes and businesses, Comcast has helped thousands of people in the Central Valley connect and participate more fully in the digital economy.
In addition to providing free Wi-Fi service at new Lift Zone locations, Comcast donated $102,000 to community partners – Fresno State Parent University received $77,000 to help residents get training digital literacy and job readiness and $25,000 to Reading & Beyond to provide digital literacy training to students, families, seniors and community members.
“Broadband high-speed access is a game-changer for Biola residents and business owners,” said Fresno County Supervisor Brian Pacheco. “Our world has become even more dependent on the Internet for learning, teaching, working, finding health services and so many other aspects of daily life. Comcast’s new high-speed Internet services, combined with these significant financial contributions to our community, will help so many individuals, families and businesses in our area. I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality.
“The need for fast, secure Internet service has never been greater than it is today, and I am pleased to see Comcast continue to invest in rural areas such as Biola to help our underserved communities,” said said Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Member of the California State Assembly. . “Bold investments like Comcast’s have a significant impact. Helping families get affordable and reliable internet access opens up many realms of opportunity, maximizes potential and creates lasting change.
“I greatly appreciate the efforts made by Comcast’s significant investments in our rural communities and the expansion of broadband access,” said Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of the San Joaquin Broadband Consortium. “Continuing to support public-private partnerships, such as Comcast and the community of Biola, to create digital equity solutions can be a model of what can be accomplished together. These partnerships will help create vital educational opportunities, workforce development skills, and overall quality of life for our residents and their families in the region.
Extending its network and broadband services to rural areas is an important part of Comcast’s overall effort to increase digital equity. Another essential is Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has helped connect more than 10 million low-income people to the Internet at home. This includes more than 1.4 million residents of California, which is the leading state in terms of overall participation in the Internet Essentials program. Today’s donation is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources and skills needed to succeed in a world digital. For more information on Comcast’s Comprehensive Connectivity Program for Low-Income Americans, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/values/internet-essentials.
Finally, Comcast is making the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) available for all speed levels of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials. ACP is a federal program that provides eligible customers with up to $30 per month in credit for their Internet and mobile services for the duration of the program. New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit www.xfinity.com/free or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and to register.
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