|Comcast, Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Connect More than 1 million Low-Income Americans to the Internet|
On Tuesday, Comcast’s Executive Vice President David L. Cohen announced that, in a little more than two years, the technology company has connected more than 1 million low-income Americans to broadband Internet at home through its Internet Essentials program. Comcast is very proud of this achievement. They understand that it was only possible because of the tireless efforts of their many partners, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
The Internet is a transformative technology that has the potential to level the playing field by equalizing access to education, employment, healthcare and many other aspects of life such as news, information and entertainment. Unfortunately, about 30 percent of Americans do not have broadband Internet at home.
“I was honored to appear before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology,[and the Internet],” Cohen said. “In my testimony, I was proud to announce that in just over two years through our Internet Essentials program, Comcast has connected an estimated 1 million low-income Americans, or more than 250,000 families, to the Internet at home. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the entire population of a city like San Francisco or a state like Delaware or Montana.”
The power and importance of affordable access to the Internet can be underscored by the various partnerships that Comcast has entered into as a means to help put Internet Essentials in front of the people who can most benefit from it. “Comcast could not have reached this milestone without the support of thousands of educational associations, faith-based communities, local libraries and community partners, including Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Adrienne Leslie Bailey, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Inc.“Working together, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Comcast have made significant progress to close the digital divide. However, there is still much more work to be done. We’ll continue working to improve and expand Internet Essentials and ensure no American is left behind as we move forward in this increasingly digital world.”