CHESTERFIELD, Va., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast kicked off the third year of Internet Essentials, the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families, at a special event at Greenleigh Instructional Learning Cottage in the Greenleigh Mobile Home Community in Chesterfield, Va. In about two years, the program has connected more than 1 million low-income Americans, or about 250,000 families, to the Internet in their homes. This includes more than 17,000 people, or more than 4,300 families, in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Comcast Vice President of Government and Community Relations Donna Rattley Washington was joined last evening by Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Chairman Dorothy Jaeckle, Chesterfield School Board Member Carrie Coyner and Principal of Scott Elementary School Joan Temple, to discuss how the Internet Essentials program has made demonstrable progress in closing the digital divide. During the event, Rattley Washington presented a $5,000 grant on behalf of Comcast to the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation to fund technology enhancements and digital literacy training at the learning center, which serves 500 students living in the Greenleigh Mobile Home Community.
"As Internet Essentials enters its third year, Comcast remains fully committed to ensuring more low-income American families have access to the same opportunities as other families who are online at home, and we're making great strides. Compared to a year ago we have more than doubled the number of families in Virginia who are now able to complete school assignments, access government resources, apply for jobs and scholarships and pay bills at home," said Rattley Washington. "We appreciate the ongoing support we have received from our various partners throughout Virginia to help close the digital divide."
"Broadband has quickly become an essential part of how we live, how we are educated and how we conduct business," said Principal Temple. "We are pleased that our partnership with Comcast will help create opportunities for success for the students and parents we serve in the Greenleigh community."