Comcast has extended coverage of Internet Essentials to Federal Pell Grant recipients in areas where it is available. By doing so, it gives undergraduate students of low-income households access to cheap internet connection at a time when they are in great need of it and in time for Internet Essentials’ 10th year of existence. “These additional initiatives come as the COVID-19 crisis has shown far-reaching consequences that have a disproportionate impact on those who have traditionally not had access to the tools, resources and skills to get online,” the company said in a statement. writing.
The Internet Essentials program was launched in 2011 and has since expanded its coverage several times until, according to the company, it connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people to the Internet. Earlier this year, the company doubled the packet’s speed, giving subscribers access to download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and uploads of up to 5 Mbps.
In addition to receiving financial assistance from Pell Grant to Internet Essentials, Comcast also provided $ 15 million in Internet services and equipment. The pledge contains more than 25,000 laptops that will be donated to students, seniors and veterinarians. The move is part of the company’s Project UP, an initiative aimed at ‘promoting digital equity’. The laptops are distributed in cities nationwide, including Houston, TX; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, WA; Philadelphia, PA; Hartford, CT; Baltimore, MD; Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Jacksonville, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Oakland, CA; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Grand Rapids, MI.
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