Comcast lights up 21st lift zone with free high-speed wi-fi for all Baltimore City residents

In Addition to Existing Free and Low-Cost Internet Options, Eligible Customers May Also Sign Up for the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to Receive up to $50 Per Month Toward Internet Service While Funds Last

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BALTIMORE, MD – August 12, 2021 – With the school year about to begin, Comcast continues to help Baltimore students and families stay connected to the internet. Comcast is now providing free high-speed Wi-Fi in 21 Baltimore City community centers and growing – to customers and non-customers alike – to help students get online for distance learning and to do their schoolwork. Adults, veterans, and seniors can also use the centers to search for employment, connect with friends and family, or access medical and health information.

In addition, Baltimore City residents who sign up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program that has connected a cumulative total of 10 million people from low-income households to high-speed broadband internet service nationwide including 48,000 households in the City, can receive free internet service for the first 60 days and free access for all to its thousands of public Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Baltimore City through June 30, 2022.

Comcast is also participating in the federal government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, a temporary discount program available on all tiers of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials. New and existing eligible customers who are interested in participating can receive up to a $50/month credit on their internet bill from Comcast and can visit www.xfinity.com/EBB to see what options are available to them, and register.

“Our commitment to keep our customers connected to the internet remains vital as our students and families prepare to go back to school,” said Michael Parker, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Beltway Region. “Our teams have continued to make our network in Baltimore both smarter and stronger while also ensuring we continue to drive adoption of the free and low-cost internet service options that already exist in the City.”

For the last decade, Comcast has been on a mission to help connect low-income Americans to the internet. The company recently announced a $1 billion commitment over the next 10 years to help even more people access the tools and resources they need to succeed in a digital world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Comcast has continued to build on all these efforts with comprehensive commitments to help families, individuals and small businesses stay connected with fast, safe, and secure internet service. These efforts include:

  • 60 Days of Free Internet Essentials Service – New customers who sign up through June 30, 2022 will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Comcast also will continue to waive the requirement that customers not have back debt due so more families can apply.
  • Wi-Fi-Connected Community Lift Zones – The Lift Zones in Baltimore City providing free high-speed internet to city residents including students, veterans, and seniors include:

“We strongly believe that all students should have access to a quality education and the tools and environment that will help them achieve their goals,” said Van Brooks, founder and executive director of Safe Alternative for Education (SAFE). “Through our partnership with Comcast and this Lift Zone, we are carrying out our mission.”

  • Network Investment & Innovation – Comcast has invested more than $30 billion to expand and evolve its network over the last decade – and currently provides service to every neighborhood and zip code in Baltimore City. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, network teams have worked around the clock to triple network augmentations, install new hardware, and upgrade network software – to expand capacity and ensure that it could meet the rapidly growing needs of its customers.
  • Free Educational Resources – In partnership with Common Sense Media, Comcast has curated thousands of hours of free educational programming into an education destination for Xfinity video customers to support kids K-12.

 About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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