Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen on Aug. 25 visited Houston, a market served by Comcast, to share details of a five-year progress report and exciting news on the future of Comcast’s acclaimed Internet Essentials program and ConnectHome.
Cohen made the announcement alongside six-time Olympic Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was recently named the national spokesperson for Internet Essentials.
Additionally, the company announced it will provide a $35,000 grant to the City of Houston for a mobile computer lab and $20,000 in grants to both Neighborhood Centers, Inc, and the YMCA in support of their digital literacy efforts and providing internet access at their computer labs.
Also attending the announcement was Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, HUD Regional Administrator Tammy Trevino and Melissa Noriega of Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Internet Essentials is Comcast’s acclaimed, high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income families. From August 2011 through December 2015, the program has connected more than 600,000 low-income families, benefitting more than 2.4 million Americans, to the Internet at home.
ConnectHome is an initiative to extend affordable broadband access to families living in HUD-assisted housing. Through ConnectHome, Internet Service Providers, non-profits, and the private sector are offering broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in assisted housing units in 28 communities across the nation.