With the new school year in full swing, Comcast is re-launching Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families.
Comcast Regional Vice President Rich Jennings, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado Joe Garcia and numerous other civic and community leaders today kicked off the program’s third year and announced that, in about 22 months, more than 220,000 families, or an estimated 900,000 low-income Americans nationwide, now have a broadband connection at home. This includes more than 8,000 families in Denver, and more than 11,000 in Colorado. In Colorado, around 3,000 families have gained access to a broadband connection through Internet Essentials in the last year alone.
In town to celebrate the re-launch was Tony Dungy, the Super Bowl-winning former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Dungy leads the Dungy Family Foundation in Tampa, Fla., which strengthens, sustains and empowers communities by providing opportunities to those in need, opportunities like the ones provided through Internet Essentials.
“Thanks to community leaders and schools nationwide, more Americans now have the opportunity to use the power of the Internet at home to get ahead in work, education, and life, just by doing things online that many of us take for granted, such as completing homework, applying for a job, researching a health condition, or paying a bill,” said Jennings. “Together, with cities like Denver, we are making real and significant progress in closing the digital divide in America.”In Denver, approximately 300 children and parents, members of the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club or who attend public schools in that district, took part in an in-person Q&A with Dungy and had the opportunity to learn more about Internet Essentials. Today’s event was one in a series of back-to-school events Comcast is hosting in 23 states across the country to raise visibility about bridging the digital divide in America and connecting more families to the Internet. “Internet Essentials can have a game-changing impact on education and the lives of young people,” said Dungy. “It really levels the playing field for those that might not have the opportunities they deserve just because they never had access to the tools and resources that drive success in today’s technologically advanced world.”