A Lift Zone logo on a wall.

Lift Zones

LinkedIn logoAs part of our ongoing commitment to help connect underserved families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, we launched a new effort to create free, WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide. Lift Zones, which provide internet access on-the-go, complement our Internet Essentials program that provides in-home broadband connectivity. Lift Zones help students who, for a variety of reasons (including homelessness, or housing insecurity issues), need somewhere to go during the day to participate in distance learning. The Lift Zones program is part of Comcast’s Project UP – a comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and build a future of unlimited possibilities.

Comcast Business logoWorking with our network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders nationwide, Lift Zones provide a robust WiFi solution (powered by Comcast Business) in supportive neighborhood locations like nonprofits, community centers, gyms, parks and recreation facilities, and even small businesses.

$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

In 2022 alone, WiFi connected Lift Zones across the country enabled 6 million unique users, including students, to complete millions of hours of homework.

1,250+

As of October, 2022, Comcast has launched more than 1,250 WiFi-connected Lift Zones in community centers nationwide.

The initiative provides not only free Internet connectivity, but also access to hundreds of hours of educational and digital skills content to help families and site coordinators navigate online learning.

According to surveys of consumers and site directors:

40%

4 in 10 report they would not have had Internet access without the Lift Zone

56%

56% say the Lift Zone is critical for success at school, work, and/or managing tasks online

92%

92% of sites report that being a Lift Zone helps them increase digital equity in their communities

We’ve installed 1,250 Lift Zones all across the country in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, Denver, Portland, Miami, and the Twin Cities. Here are some examples:

 
 
 
The Baltimore skyline.
Baltimore
The Harvey Johnson Community Center at Union Baptist Church serves more than 50 students and community members in West Baltimore where they can participate in distance learning, as well as in intergenerational digital skills training classes. The Center also offers free access to computers onsite.
 
 
 
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Denver
Girls Inc. helps create long-lasting mentoring relationships and provides research-based programming to equip students to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. The Denver chapter supports more than 60 K-12 students.
 
 
 
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Philadelphia
The Olney Recreation Center is a 13.6-acre site with outdoor spaces and a recreational building with an auditorium, gymnasium, and multipurpose rooms. It also offers free and low-cost programming for neighborhood children.
 
 
 
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Memphis
Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS) assists military veterans to reintegrate into society, often after achieving recovery and rehabilitation from debilitating mental and physical health issues. AOVS serves 120 veterans daily across five facilities.
 
 
 
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Twin Cities
The Sanneh Foundation Distanced Learning Hub at Conway Community Center enables parents and guardians to continue to work while providing a safe space for their children to do during normal school hours. The Hub can accommodate up to 70 students working on laptops simultaneously and offers access to educational technology as well as tutoring support.
 
 
 
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Washington, D.C.
Housing Up offers safe, affordable housing and comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families. The organizations serve about 700 families and includes a youth center.
Two young students study in a Lift Zone.

Project UP

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