As 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.
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 supportive neighborhood locations 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.
According to surveys of consumers and site directors:
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: