As part of our ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, we launched a new effort to create more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide. Lift Zones are designed to complement our Internet Essentials program and help those students who, for a variety of reasons (including homelessness, or housing insecurity issues), are simply unable to participate in distance learning at home. This gives them another way to get online.
Working with our network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders nationwide, Lift Zones provide a robust WiFi solution (powered by Comcast Business) in safe spaces like nonprofits, community centers, gyms, parks and recreation facilities, and even small businesses.
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.
We have already installed hundreds of Lift Zones all across the country in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, Denver, Portland, Miami, and the Twin Cities. Here are some examples: