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08 September 2016

ATL Urban League, Boys & Girls Clubs Benefit from Comcast Efforts to Bridge Digital Divide

Imagine life without the internet.

Even though the internet, as we know it, has only been around for a short period of time, it is virtually impossible to imagine our world without it. That is how significantly the world wide web affects our daily lives. Still, there are quite a few people in the United States who don't have quality internet access.

Five years ago, Comcast launched a program called Internet Essentials to help connect low-income Americans to low-cost, high-speed internet access at home. An Internet Essentials progress report, released by Comcast, indicates 750,000 families, or 3 million low-income Americans, have benefited from the program.

Alex Horowitz, a Comcast spokesman, says those national numbers include nearly 37,000 students and their families in Atlanta.

"The majority of our overall connects are in Atlanta, but we also have had success in Savannah and Augusta," Horowitz wrote in an email.

Additionally, local organizations such as the Urban League of Greater Atlanta and area Boys & Girls Clubs were recipients of grants from the Comcast Foundation. These grants were designed to help foster digital literacy not only in Atlanta but also in Augusta and Savannah too.

"We have made a number of investments in the digital literacy space in Georgia," Horowitz says. "We have supported the My.Future program, formerly Club Tech, with a number of Boy & Girls Clubs in Atlanta, Northeast Georgia, Augusta, and Savannah.

"We also partner with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta to host digital literacy training classes to the public."

David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, reflected on the successes of Internet Essentials in a statement.

"In the last five years, we’ve learned that no single company or government program is ever going to fix the digital divide and that solving a big, difficult societal issue like this takes nothing short of a movement,” said Cohen. “We are so proud that thousands of community partners around the country have helped us make a meaningful dent in the digital divide. With the recent announcement of our expansion to HUD-assisted homes, we look forward to bringing this essential connection to even more families over the next five years. There is still more good work to do.”