Comcast and Telemundo Boston announced today that they provided 100 new Dell laptops and a year of free Internet Essentials services to eligible families at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Blackstone Community Center in the South End.
The laptops and year of free Internet Essentials services means that the students in these families will be better able to succeed at virtual learning and everyone in the household will have access to all of the vital information and myriad entertainment options the internet provides.
“Giving back to the communities where we and our customers live and work, is part of Comcast’s DNA,” said Tim Kelly, Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “After this most difficult year, it’s truly a delight to be able to brighten the holidays of these 100 families.”
In addition, the BCYF Blackstone Community Center will be one of the first Comcast Lift Zones in the City of Boston. Lift Zones will feature free WiFi provided by Comcast, which allows students to work on laptops simultaneously so they can successfully participate in distance learning. This initiative provides free connectivity inside partner community centers for the next three years. Several more Boston area Lift Zone locations are currently under consideration, with the goal to have all locations installed in 2021.
Earlier this month, Comcast also announced it would extend its COVID-19 support, including continuing to provide free Internet service for the first 60 days for new Internet Essentials customers, and free access to more than 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots, the largest network of its kind in the country, through June 30, 2021. See more here.
This Boston effort is one part of national commitment by Comcast, Internet Essentials and Telemundo to give away 1,000 laptops and a year of free Internet Essentials to more eligible families, students, and seniors across the United States thru early January 2021.