Since 2011, Internet Essentials from Comcast – the nation’s largest and most comprehensive Internet adoption program – has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people from low-income families to the Internet at home. The COVID-19 crisis has put many of these students at risk and has accelerated the need for digital equity and Internet adoption programs to support them. Over the next 10 years through Project UP – our $1B commitment to address digital equity and help build a world of unlimited possibilities – we'll reach 50 million people from low-income families access the resources, skills, and tools they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
Internet Essentials Timeline
Addressing the need for digital equity has been a decade-long pursuit. For 10 years, we have worked closely with our partners to refine the program in meaningful ways and expanded the eligible population numerous times. Together, we are committed to creating and supporting digital equity within the communities we serve.
For a decade, Internet Essentials from Comcast has addressed the digital divide head on and has grown to become the nation’s largest and most successful broadband adoption effort. As the COVID-19 crisis has put may students at risk and accelerated the need for digital equity, connectivity is more important than ever. Here’s what we’re doing to help.
Comcast is partnering with nonprofit partners and city leaders to create safe spaces for students and families to connect and learn, creating more than 1,000 “Lift Zones” in community centers to provide Internet connectivity and a safe place for students and families to get online.
The Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP) is designed to help accelerate Internet adoption at a critical time. The program provides the opportunity for school districts and other organizations to fund and quickly connect large numbers of students and families to broadband access
Beyond connectivity, we work with tens of thousands of partners across the country, including nonprofits and city leaders, to provide digital skills training to young people and to upskilling adults with the aim of improving their economic mobility.