Lift Zones in California
As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast announced in 2020 a multiyear program to launch more than 100+ WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers throughout Northern California by 2021. Working with its network of nonprofit, and city partners, Comcast is providing robust WiFi in facilities they have identified to help students and adults get online, participate in distance learning, workforce development trainings and access critical resources.
The COVID-19 crisis has put many low-income students and families at risk of being left behind and has accelerated the need for comprehensive digital equity and Internet adoption programs to support them. Lift Zones will be located across California Comcast service areas including cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Greater Sacramento Area.
The initiative will provide free connectivity and access to hundreds of hours of educational and digital skills content to help families and site coordinators navigate online learning. Lift Zones complement Comcast’s Internet Essential program, which, since 2011, has helped connect more than 10 million low-income people to the Internet at home.