Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program Announces $200,000 in Grants and Begins Distribution of 3,000 Laptops to Baltimore City Organizations Committed to Workforce Development and Digital Equity





Mayors Office of Employment Development’s Train Up program to receive 1,000 laptops and one year of free Internet Essentials service for each participant for the first two years of the program

BALTIMORE, November 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast’s Internet Essentials program today announced a major workforce development initiative in Baltimore City that includes $200,000 with subsidies. In addition, the company began distributing 3,000 new laptops to multiple organizations in the city focused on education, workforce development and digital equity, including:

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  • Mayor’s Office for Employment Development

  • Baltimore County Community College

  • Baltimore City Community College

  • Baltimore’s Promise

  • Catholic Charities of Baltimore

  • Center for Urban Families

  • Grassrootz (Gro-charity)

  • Liberty Village Project

  • Digital Haven High School

on November 11, 2021, the Baltimore County Community College (CCBC) was the first partner to $30,000 employee development grant and a donation of Comcast laptops. The scholarship will help students who lack resources through the Student Emergency Aid Fund, while the laptops will go to students enrolled in CCBC certificate and adult literacy programs. CCBC serves 50,000 students, more than half of whom are continuing education, adult learners. CCBC will also help promote the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit to enrolled students, allowing eligible students to receive free or greatly discounted Internet services at home.

“Now that free, low-cost Internet is available to every Baltimorean, we must collectively focus on driving broadband adoption by ensuring that everyone has the know-how and tools to get online,” said Michael Parker, senior vice president for Comcast’s Beltway Region. “Education at every level is critical and our staff development grants and laptop donations will ensure that adults entering the workforce have the tools, skills and confidence to find work and succeed.”

Research shows that low-income students and their families face many broadband adoption challenges, including housing insecurity, literacy challenges, language barriers and a lack of digital skills training. As a result, Comcast’s digital equity efforts are designed to address as many of these challenges as possible, including providing low-cost broadband internet at home; the opportunity to purchase a heavily subsidized, affordable computer; access to free Wi-Fi at community centers across the country; and numerous options for acquiring the digital skills needed to complete distance learning and use the internet.

Project UP & Comcast’s $1 billion Commitment to promoting digital equality
For more than a decade, connecting more people to the Internet and the technology they need to participate and excel in an increasingly digital world has been at the heart of Comcast. Looking to the next decade, the company is building on that foundation and increasing its impact through Project UP, a comprehensive initiative to advance digital equality and build a future of limitless possibilities. Backed by a $1 billion Project UP, committed to reaching 50 million people, includes the programs and community partnerships in Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky that connect people to the Internet, promote economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. For more information on Project UP and the latest on efforts to tackle digital inequality, including the recent expansion of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund to provide multi-million dollar grants to small business owners of color and investment in research to increase diversity in the technology and digital fields, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/impact/project-up.

About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people with moments that matter. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with 57 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 unforgettable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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