Comcast announced Tuesday the company’s RISE initiative “will award an additional $1 million in total grants to more than 100 Philadelphia small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners as well as technology and marketing resources.” | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)
In addition to laptop and computer donations, the funds will help pay for Wi-Fi-connected spaces in community centers by 2021.
The money will also pay for continued investment in the company’s Internet Essentials program, which brings high-speed broadband to low-income residents for less than $10 a month. | From: WHYY (Read more.)
Facing pressure from activists and elected officials, Comcast Corp. said it will increase internet speeds for low-income families and postpone fees on heavy data users as consumers increasingly rely on broadband during the pandemic. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic that sent work and learning home for many, Comcast said Tuesday that it will double the download speed of its Internet Essentials service for low-income Americans to 50 Mbps and increasing its upstream speed to 5 Mbps, effective March 1. | From: Technical.ly (Read more.)
Philadelphia is expanding free internet access, offering no-cost service to families who have children receiving special education services or are English language learners, and those who participate in public benefit programs with income qualifications. | From: The Inquirer
Comcast Corp. will charge more for heavy users of home internet in Northeast states — including Pennsylvania and New Jersey — angering customers who work and study online due to the pandemic. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)