Milner School Library Receives Grant from Comcast for SmartBoard
Students and faculty of Thirman Milner School with State Senator Eric Coleman and representatives of Comcast announcing enhancements for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s broadband adoption program for low-income families.
During a ceremony to announce enhancements to Comcast’s Internet Essentials program which supplies broadband access to low-income families, a grant for the library’s new smart board was presented and students in attendance also received new backpacks with school supplies, all courtesy of Comcast.
From the Hartford Courant, Community Contributors, September 14, 2016, by Community Contributor Jessica100
Comcast and Thirman Milner School Team Up to Help Bridge the Digital Divide
With the recent start of the new school year, Comcast recently joined forces with Thirman Milner School, Hartford school officials, and State Senator Eric Coleman to announce significant enhancements and milestones for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families, which is now available to households receiving HUD-housing assistance, including public housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Multifamily programs. The announcement means even more individuals, including seniors, veterans, and adults without children, are now eligible to apply to the program.
In addition, Comcast’s Year Five Progress Report indicates the company has made considerable progress in closing the digital divide in America. Through August 2016, Internet Essentials has connected 750,000 low-income households, or 3 million Americans, to the power of the internet in their homes.
“Internet Essentials has connected substantially more families to the Internet than all other private sector programs combined and we’re proud that more than 5,500 families across the state have had the opportunity to use the power of the Internet at home through the program,” said Daniel Glanville, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut. “With the help of local schools like Thirman Milner, community partners and public officials, students and their families are being connected to a stronger future of opportunities that will help increase success from an academic standpoint and provide each family with new possibilities.”
Families who have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (in addition to those who are receiving HUD housing assistance) are also eligible for the program which provides access to low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month (including a wifi router) – no price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees. Participants also can purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150 and access digital literacy training sessions and materials online, in print, and in person.
During the ceremony a grant for the library’s new smart board was presented and students in attendance also received new backpacks with school supplies, all courtesy of Comcast.
About Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed internet adoption program. 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 in print, online and in-person. For more information, or to apply for the program, visit https://internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish speakers should call 1-855-765-6995.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit http://corporate.comcast.com/ for more information.
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