Comcast Plan Provides Free WiFi to Alexandria Schoolchildren

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ALEXANDRIA, VA-Earlier today, Comcast unveiled a plan to help area students participating in virtual learning. It involves the creation of “Lift Zones” in various locations around the DMV and Baltimore, which will provide free WiFi.

In all, there will be 29 Lift Zones when the project is completed in the next several weeks. One location will be in Virginia: Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Club (Boys & Girls Club) on 401 N. Payne St.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted underserved and under resourced communities, with communities of color being disproportionately impacted,” said Gabrielle Webster, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. “Being a Comcast Lift Zone enables us to provide a space in the community where young people can get and stay connected with reliable WiFi and take full advantage of educational resources and programs.”

Another aim of the project is to help adults take care of essential needs, such as searching for employment.

Offering free WiFi is an addition to Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has provided families with internet access since 2011.

“We are proud to partner with community organizations across the Baltimore and D.C. metro areas and equip them with fast WiFi service to provide kids with safe and reliable connectivity to learn, keep up with school and expand their educational opportunities,” said Misty Allen, Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s Beltway Region.

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