Comcast aims to get low-income veterans online

Sept. 25, 2018
Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced partnerships between its Internet Essentials low-income Internet adoption program, the Elizabeth Dole ...
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Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced partnerships between its Internet Essentials low-income Internet adoption program, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the PsychArmor Institute. In addition, the company expanded eligibility for the program to include all low-income veterans living in its service area, which is estimated to total nearly 1 million, and to low-income seniors in the District of Columbia.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and PsychArmor partnerships were announced at the Reserve Officers Association Headquarters in Washington, DC. The partnerships re intended to support the creation of 10 veteran-specific digital skills training videos and supplementary materials, which will be made available online and delivered in classrooms at Comcast-sponsored computer labs in 10 markets. In addition, the partnerships will implement an advocacy effort designed to reinforce the importance of digital inclusion among veteran-serving organizations, caregivers, and elected and government officials. The ultimate goal is to connect more low-income veterans to Internet resources, including online social support networks, health benefits, access to colleges and scholarship programs, digital and technical skills training programs, as well as news, games, and entertainment.

"Internet access is incredibly important to the veteran community. Yet, about a third of low-income veterans still do not have Internet service at home, and about 40% do not even own a computer," said David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer at Comcast. "We think this is simply unacceptable, and our partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and PsychArmor will help more low-income veterans get connected to the Internet so they can receive the benefits they deserve and learn the digital skills they need to be successful as civilians in our fast-paced, global economy."

Comcast also launched an Internet Essentials Learning Zone in Washington, DC, intended to create a continuum of Internet connectivity for students and families across all eight wards of the city. The goal is to ensure more low-income students are connected to the Internet at school, then after school at anchor institutions, such as libraries and community centers, and then at home through Internet Essentials. As part of the D.C. Learning Zone, Comcast will provide courtesy broadband service to 19 partners, including nonprofit and social service organizations.