Comcast is working to bridge the “digital divide” across New Castle County by bringing “Lift Zones” to eight locations, according to an article from Delaware Online. These Lift Zones will allow free Internet and computer access to anyone in these areas who needs it. Comcast stated the program will increase web accessibility for 600 low-income students. Below are the locations of each Lift Zone:
Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club (Newark)
Clarence Fraim Boys & Girls Club (Wilmington)
Latin American Community Center (Wilmington)
Kingswood Community Center (Wilmington)
Police Athletic League of Wilmington (Wilmington)
Walnut Street YMCA (Wilmington)
Bellevue Community Center (Wilmington)
West End Neighborhood House (Wilmington)
Administrators at Lift Zone locations have expressed their excitement for the community program. “It is more important than ever for local families to be able to get support and access to critical resources like the Internet at our center,” said Logan Herring, CEO of Kingswood Community Center. “We are thankful to be part of Comcast’s Lift Zone program so that we can provide the WiFi coverage needed for students to continue their education online.”
Christopher Purnell, executive director of Police Athletic League of Wilmington, wrote, “The Lift Zone at our facility will help our virtual learning program students stay connected and engaged with their instructors and classmates throughout the day with no interruptions.”
This initiative is the second of its kind over the pandemic; last year, the City of Wilmington partnered with local Internet service provider WhyFly to establish five hotspot locations around the city. Additionally, in August, the State of Delaware announced a $20 million investment in wireless broadband coverage for low-income families, funded by the federal CARES Act. However, it is estimated that a quarter of households in Wilmington still have no Internet access, with that figure being as high as 50% in the East Side and Northeast neighborhoods.
Comcast says that they will invest $1 billion nationally over the coming decade to combat the digital divide.
Read the full article from Delaware Online by clicking here. Read Comcast’s blog post here.