BOSTON- Earlier this morning, Comcast joined Mayor Walsh in donating 40 laptops to seniors at the South Boston Neighborhood House and another 70 in the afternoon to high school students throughout the city of Boston.
“The idea is to make Boston an age-friendly city and I am pleased to be working with Comcast to bring affordable internet access to our seniors,” said Walsh.
The company also announced a $100,000 grant to Boston’s Tech Goes Home, which strives to ensure that people are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support 21st century skills development.
“Our low-income seniors need both training and access to internet services, and I thank Comcast and our partners for their work to create equitable access for our city’s seniors”, added Walsh.
“Closing the digital divide for low-income parents and children across the country and in the City of Boston has never been more important to Comcast. Seniors, too, need internet access at home to break down barriers of isolation and connect them to their friends, family, and caregivers,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation.
The goal of Internet Essentials is to help get more American families online and help close the digital divide. It provides low-cost high-speed internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training.
It is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed internet adoption program for low-income Americans. Now in its sixth year, Internet Essentials has connected 750,000 families, or 3 million Americans, nationally, including nearly 80,000 residents in Massachusetts.
For more information, or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish speakers should call 1-855-765-6995.