Comcast is giving a technology lift to thousands of people throughout the Houston metro area.
The media and tech giant says it has started 50 WiFi-equipped "Lift Zones" at community centers across the region. These zones enable low-income students and their families to take advantage of free internet service. The centers will enjoy access to free WiFi for three years.
Among the local organizations hosting Lift Zones are BakerRipley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, the Tejano Center for Community Centers, the City of Houston, Harris County, and the City of Galveston.
"The COVID-19 crisis put many at risk of being left behind, accelerating the need for comprehensive digital equity and internet adoption programs to support them. We hope these Lift Zones will help those who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to connect to effective distance learning at home," Ralph Martinez, regional senior vice president of Comcast Houston, says in a news release.
In December, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Comcast announced establishment of nine Lift Zones at city-operated community centers. These were the first Life Zones to be installed in the Houston area. The nine locations are:
- Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
- DeZavala Community Center
- Emancipation Community Center
- Hartman Community Center
- Kashmere Multi-Service Center
- Magnolia Multi-Service Center
- Melrose Community Center
- Southwest Multi-Service Center
- Third Ward Multi-Service Center