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Internet Essentials

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. To make matters worse, during the COVID-19 crisis, many at-risk students found themselves at home without an Internet connection or a laptop to use for distance learning. This circumstance has accelerated the need for more resources to address digital equity and fund Internet adoption programs. 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 tens of millions of people access the resources, skills, and tools they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

10 Years

Over the last 10 years, Comcast has connected over 10 million people from low-income families to low-cost, high-speed Internet at home.

$1B

Comcast is committing $1 billion to reach tens of millions of people with the connectivity, skills, training, and resources they need to be ready for anything.

25M hours

We’ve created more than 1,250 WiFi connected Lift Zones across the country enabled students to complete over 25 million hours of homework and remote learning.

150k laptops

Since 2011, Comcast has either sold or given away 150,000 heavily subsidized computers to families in need.

President Joe Biden (C) and Vice President Kamala Harris (L) greet Alicia Jones (R) during an event on high speed internet access for low-income Americans, in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Awareness, Outreach, and Innovation at the Core of Efforts to Achieve Digital Equity

Timeline

Recent Initiatives

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. To make matters worse, the COVID-19 crisis put many students at risk and has only accelerated the need for digital equity programs. In other words, connectivity is more important than ever. Here’s what we’re doing to help.

A series of Internet Essentials backpacks on student desks.

Millions Get Connected and Close the Homework Gap When We All Work Together

A student receives a free laptop at an Internet Essentials event.

Lift Zones

Comcast is partnering with nonprofit partners and city leaders to create safe spaces for students and families to connect and learn, creating more than 1,250 “Lift Zones” in community centers to provide Internet connectivity and a safe place for students and families to get online.

A student receives a free laptop at an Internet Essentials event.

Partnership Program

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

Internet Essentials backpacks.

Digital Literacy Training and Curriculum

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.

Impact Stories

A young student does schoolwork at a Lift Zone.

Project UP

Learn more about our $1 billion commitment to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities.

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