Announces plans to install free Wi-Fi in up to 100 organizations serving veterans nationwide
PHILADELPHIA, November 30, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – To help recognize National Veterans and Military Families Month, Comcast announced today that it will install free Wi-Fi at up to 100 dedicated Veteran facilities as part of of its expanding Lift Zones program. The Lift Zones offer free Wi-Fi outside the home at neighborhood community centers. They complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost broadband to eligible consumers, including veterans, inside the home. Both efforts are part of Project UP, Comcast’s 10-year, billion-dollar global commitment to help build a future of limitless possibilities.
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The data on digital equity and veterans is clear. In 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs saw a 1000% increase in telehealth video appointments due to the pandemic, an example of the importance of the internet for veterans to access benefits, opportunities for education and career, and social connections. (Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs).
“The Internet is a fundamental tool for participating in today’s increasingly digital economy,” said Carol Eggert, senior vice president of military and veterans affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal. “Today’s announcement will provide even more Internet access to veterans and military families. This will allow them to participate in workforce development programs, access their well-deserved health care benefits, and foster meaningful bonds with friends, family and fellow veterans.
Up to 100 additional lifting zones for veterans:
Comcast has already installed nearly 25 lift zones within veterans organizations and will continue to work with members of the military community over the next several months to identify additional locations. Here are examples of three organizations that will be set up with free Wi-Fi:
Veterans Leadership Program, Pittsburgh, PA – From housing and career development to wellness and support services, VLP empowers Veterans to reach their full potential. VLP has impacted 6,500 veterans each year in 30 counties in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.
Do Good Multnomah, Portland, OR – DGM provides permanent housing with supportive services and low barrier emergency shelter to homeless veterans. They also provide one-on-one engagement and support services to veterans in need.
Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc., Memphis, TN – AOVS helps military veterans reintegrate into society, often after recovering and rehabilitating debilitating mental and physical conditions.
“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to the Internet to take advantage of career development research and support services has become increasingly important not only for veterans in need, but also for their families, ”said Toshua Jarret. , Director of Development for the Veterans Leadership Program. “We are proud to partner with Comcast through this Lift Zone to help provide the tools necessary to help the Veteran community succeed during this difficult time and beyond.”
“Especially in the era of COVID, having access to the internet is crucial to receiving mental and primary health care, recovery support and a variety of other services that help someone thrive in housing,” said Jess Gably, director of permanent supportive housing for Do Good Multnomah. “These lift zones give our veterans in permanent supportive housing, many of whom cannot afford the internet themselves, the opportunity to meet their wellness needs and participate in online communities that have brought people get the support and connection they badly needed during COVID. “
Project UP and Comcast’s $ 1 billion commitment to advance digital equity:
For more than a decade, connecting more people to the internet and the technology they need to participate and excel in an increasingly digital world has been at the heart of the business. Looking to the next decade, Comcast is building on that foundation and expanding its impact through Project UP, a global initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of limitless possibilities. Backed by a billion-dollar commitment to reach 50 million people, Project UP encompasses community programs and partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors to the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and storytellers. , and creators. For more information on Project UP and the latest news on efforts to tackle digital inequalities, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/impact/project-up.
About Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials is Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. In 10 years, it has connected 10 million low-income Americans to high-speed home Internet, most for the very first time. Internet Essentials has a comprehensive design that addresses each of the top three barriers to broadband adoption. This includes: several options for accessing free digital literacy training on paper, online and in person; the option of purchasing a low cost, heavily subsidized Internet-ready computer; and low-cost high-speed Internet service for $ 9.95 per month plus taxes. The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials and nonprofit community partners. Comcast has never increased the price of the program. For more information on Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/education. To apply, visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people at important times. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with over 57 million customer relationships in the United States and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video services through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and stream premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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