Cable Technology Feature Article
Comcast Internet Essentials Teams with U.S. Department of Labor and Connect2Compete
By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor
The Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is essentially an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption initiative that strives to make digital technology accessible to low-income American families.
The new partnerships are expected to provide necessary information about Internet Essentials’ digital literacy services to jobseekers, while helping low-income families purchase computer equipment.
The promotion of digital literacy has been advocated by the U.S. Department of Labor, under the leadership of Secretary Hilda Solis. The new partnership is expected to provide information about Comcast Internet Essentials program at American Job Centers across the United States.
“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Labor and Connect2Compete to ensure we have information available about Internet Essentials at American Job Centers and are able to offer affordable computer equipment options for low-income families across the country,” said David L. Cohen, EVP, Comcast Corporation.
“As the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials is helping to level the playing field for hundreds of thousands American families,” Cohen added.
Comcast will collaborate with Connect2Compete to help Internet Essentials customers buy low-cost desktop or laptop computers through its partner Redemtech, as an alternative to the low-cost netbook currently offered via Comcast’s hardware partners.
Information for Connect2Compete will also be made available in American Job Centers throughout the country.
According to officials, these programs are earmarked to be implemented over the course of the fall with help from officials in government and not-for-profit sectors through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.
Internet Essentials’ program can be leveraged by families making use of the National School Lunch Program across Comcast’s service area encompassing 39 states and the District of Columbia.
In September 2011, Comcast Corporation, in its endeavor to close the digital divide, has teamed with the Federal Communications Commission and the District of Columbia Public Schools to form the group, Internet Essentials.
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Edited by Braden Becker