Comcast is focused on bridging the gap and advancing digital equity across the country, including among students, families and small businesses owned by people of color in the South Sound.
This week, the company awarded grants to these local organizations: $150,000 to the Thrive Tacoma Business Fund, $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Puget Sound, $50,000 to Goodwill of the Olympic and Rainier Region and $50,000 (in cash and donated laptop computers) to TeamWrk.
“Digital equity affects all communities,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Comcast chief diversity officer. “It was a great portfolio of grants to figure out what we could do better in all of those spaces.”
Comcast’s Project Up encompasses programs and projects that help people get connected to the internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation.
“You can’t be successful in today’s economy without having some foundation of digital skillset, and that’s what Project Up is all about,” Wilson-Scott said.
Many people are not connected to valuable information, educational resources and job opportunities because of a lack of access.
“During the pandemic, I think because all of us were personally affected, it just provided this light and this renewed awareness for how many people remain not connected today,” Wilson-Scott said.
Comcast encourages employees to get involved with digital equity efforts. Technicians helped build WiFi zones in the area, and employees participated in STEM activities with the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs.
“We know that digital equity is one of the nation’s most pressing challenges,” Wilson-Scott said. “The fight is far from over. There’s so much more all of us can do.”
As part of the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible households can get a subsidy of up to $30/month (or up to $75/month for customers in Tribal Lands) toward internet and/or Xfinity Mobile service. For more information, visit the Comcast website.