Comcast Washington has unveiled new plans to support low-income residents with more digital tools and resources over the next decade as a part of a $1 billion nationwide initiative to impact 50 million people.
This initiative consists of local investments in Washington state that include distributing more than $750,000 in funding, as well as computer and technology donations to nonprofits serving disadvantaged Washingtonians. Comcast will also invest in the growth of its Lift Zone initiative to establish WiFi-connected safe spaces for those needing internet access in 80 community centers statewide by the end of 2021.
Since fall 2020, the company has unveiled 30 Lift Zones in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Island, and Spokane counties. These locations offer Internet connectivity to students and families that lack broadband access in the home.
This news comes as Comcast Washington celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program. This program has connected 560,000 low-income individuals statewide to broadband internet over the last decade, including 336,000 people in the Puget Sound area.
“Ten years is a remarkable milestone, signifying an extraordinary amount of work and collaboration with our incredible community partners across the country,” said Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable CEO, in a prepared statement. “Together, we have been able to connect millions of people to the power of the Internet at home, and to the endless opportunity, education, growth, and discovery it provides. Today, we are rededicating ourselves to this mission to ensure that the next generation of students in America has the tools, resources, and abilities they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.”