INTERNET ESSENTIALS

Organization name: Comcast

Program Type

Academic programs

Ages Served:

0-4 Years
5-11 Years
12-18 Years
19-25 Years

Overview

Brief Program Summary: The Internet Essentials program was developed to bridge the digital divide. Informed by research conducted within the past decade, Comcast developed a program to address the three factors that prevent people from adopting/purchasing internet service: Cost, Availability of Equipment (computer), and Education/understanding of what it could do in your life. The Internet Essentials program offers a pricepoint of $9.95 for service, first two months free; a computer for under $150 (Comcast supplements the cost); and makes digital education materials available not only to subscribers. During the pandemic, Comcast has expanded this program to include the following: – Lift Zones: Provided community-based Internet Service to increase access to K-12 and adult students during the pandemic. Comcast established a goal of creating 1000 Lift Zones across the country. In Indianapolis, Comcast worked in partnership with The Mind Trust and the eLearning Fund to establish 8 Lift Zones, ensuring the safety and security of having a dedicated, robust WiFi connectivity. – Internet Essentials Partnership Program: During the pandemic, Comcast had school systems, education foundations, and other philanthropic efforts looking to pay for or sponsor a group of households who lacked internet access. Comcast set up a process/system to send the bill to partner organizations, grouped together, at a rate of $9.95 for each household being sponsored. This program removes all financial burden for individuals/families. – Forgiveness Program: Comcast also extended a Forgiveness Program to any family with an outstanding bill so the family could still establish a new internet connection during the pandemic.
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Demographics

Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served

N/A

Black or African Americans Annually Served

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Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served

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Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A

Resources

Annual Operating Cost: N/A
Initial Start-Up Cost: N/A

Contact Information

Organization Name: Comcast
Website: https://corporate.comcast.com/
Respondents Name: Maria Holmes
Email: Maria_Holmes@comcast.com

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