Comcast Launching 10 WiFi-Connected “Lift Zones” In Greater Boston Area
Lift Zones from Roxbury to Manchester, NH will Provide Safe Spaces with Free Internet to Help Thousands of Low-Income Students Participate in Distance Learning
As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast announced plans to equip 10 different locations in the Boston area with WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” over the next few months. Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast will be providing robust WiFi coverage at safe spaces in the City of Boston and beyond that are expected to help thousands of low-income students get online and do their homework.
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.
“We know that our families – youth and their parents – have a fundamental need for access to crucial resources like WiFi Lift Zones, bridging the gap when at-home connectivity may not be available,” said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). “Thanks to Comcast, we look forward to connecting many of our community centers with this super-charged WiFi to provide a dynamic learning environment for our kids.”
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Lift Zone sites complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has helped connect more than 8 million low-income people to the Internet at home since 2011.
“We are proud to partner with community organizations across the Greater Boston Region and equip them with fast WiFi service to provide kids with safe and reliable connectivity to learn, keep up with school and expand their educational opportunities,” said Trevor Arp, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “We believe that these Lift Zones will provide another choice and make it convenient for folks to connect at a trusted local nonprofit location.”