The Internet has the power to transform lives, strengthen communities and inspire a new generation of leaders. We’re harnessing that power to expand digital literacy and help conquer the digital divide.
We created the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program because we believe every household in America should have access to the Internet.
About 30 percent of Americans — many of whom live near or below the poverty line — remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. Without digital literacy, home high-speed Internet access, or a computer, these families face profound disadvantages. That’s why Comcast launched Internet Essentials, a program that provides low-cost high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month; the option to purchase a full-service, Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options for digital literacy training in print, online, and in person. The program is available to families in our service area with children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Plus, we are conducting Internet Essentials pilot programs for public housing residents in Miami-Dade County, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Seattle; low-income senior citizens in Palm Beach County, San Francisco, and Seattle; and low-income community college students in Illinois and Colorado. In less than five years, more than 600,000 families, or 2.4 million low-income Americans, have been connected to the power of the Internet at home through Internet Essentials. We’ve also sold more than 47,000 subsidized computers, and since 2011, Comcast has invested more than $280 million in cash and in-kind support to help fund digital literacy training and education initiatives, reaching nearly 4.4 million people through national and local nonprofit community partners.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
By partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we help youth embrace technology in our growing digital world – and ensure they excel in it.
Comcast has supported local Boys & Girls Clubs for more than a decade, providing more than $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions. The focus of our national partnership is My.Future, a cutting-edge technology education program designed to open the eyes of children to what’s possible for them to achieve through technology. Through My.Future, Club youth can record and edit their own music and videos, and learn coding, game design and robotics – digital skills that can put them on the path to successful 21st century careers. My.Future is available to the 4 million children served each year in 4,100 local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Comcast Digital Connectors
Young people in about 30 cities across the country are participating in this intensive technology program, learning advanced digital skills and becoming leaders in their communities.
The Comcast Digital Connectors program trains youth from primarily diverse, low-income backgrounds in Internet and computer skills. Teens meet weekly after school, have the option to earn a Cisco IT Essentials certification of completion and receive a complimentary laptop upon graduation from the program. Comcast Digital Connectors is also a community service program, as participants volunteer at senior centers, churches, local schools and other community organizations, spreading digital literacy in their community. Since the program began, nearly 3,000 youth have graduated from the Comcast Digital Connectors program, volunteering more than 165,000 hours to bridge the digital divide in their communities. Through training and service, Comcast Digital Connectors is preparing today’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow.