Comcast doubles the speed of its Internet Essentials plan to $ 10
Comcast doubles the sound speed Internet Essentials Package, its $ 10-per-month product to connect low-income families to the Internet. Starting March 1, new and existing users will automatically be able to receive download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and downloads up to 5 Mbps. The announcement is part of the company’s commitment to “bridge the digital divide” and to close both “digital literacy and the homework gap”. This is the second time in recent months that Internet Essentials has seen its speed increase, as Comcast pushed the 25/3 Mbps plan in response to COVID-19 in March 2020.
As part of the campaign, the company is also committing to providing free high-speed Wi-Fi to 1,000 community centers across the country. These “lift zones” are designed to allow children to access the Internet in a safe area, allowing them to access distance learning and complete homework outside of school. The company says it will meet its goal of 1,000 lifting zones by the end of 2021, well ahead of its own schedule.
In addition, Comcast announces that it will donate $ 3.5 million to organizations such as CodePath, the YWCA, Genesys Works and Philadelphia Youth Action Center. This is the latest installment of a $ 40 million commitment to fund education and equity organizations across the United States.