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How Comcast, local organizations are bridging the digital divide in Colorado

Digital Divide Colorado

Access to high-speed internet and digital skills training is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, making  connectivity more important than ever. PBS12 recently took a closer look at how internet access is vital  to participating in an increasingly digital world in “Bridging the Digital Divide,” a program presented by  Comcast NBCUniversal. The program features interviews with several Denver-based organizations,  leaders, teachers, and parents about the importance of technology access and digital skills trainings. 

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The 30-minute program shines a spotlight on the power of connectivity in Colorado, the importance of  digital equity, and what’s being done to close the digital divide in our communities. 

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“Digital equity is access, devices, instruction, and the ability to erase fear of using all of the above,” said  Trey Grimes, theater and technical director for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. “When I look at that stage, I  see decades and decades of history. I see an opportunity for the future. I see that opportunity for us to  narrow the gap in that digital divide.” 

Broderick Johnson, Comcast’s executive vice president of public policy and executive vice president of  digital equity, spoke to PBS12 about Comcast’s ongoing commitment to connecting more people to what matters most to them.Digital Divide Colorado

“There are communities in this country that haven’t had access to the internet. Over time, that’s also  meant not having access to devices, and not having digital skills training,” Johnson said. “There’s been  this digital divide that has evolved over time and gotten worse in many respects.” 

For over a decade, Comcast has been on the forefront of closing the digital divide. The Internet  Essentials program is the largest and most successful broadband adoption initiative in the industry. Since  2011, Comcast has connected more than 560,000 Coloradans through Internet Essentials, many for the  first time. 

“Connectivity is essential,” said Leo Alirez, founder and executive director of Life-Line Colorado. Speaking  with PBS12 at Denver’s Youth Empowerment Center, a Comcast Lift Zone location, Alirez opened up about the role community centers serve to help people access technology. 

“Individuals can come here and be able to work on their homework, work on trainings for jobs and  entrepreneurial opportunities as well,” Alirez said. Digital Divide Colorado

Laura Granada, a mother from Colombia who moved to Colorado in 2019 with her husband and  daughter, shared how connectivity helped her family work and learn remotely, as well as keep in contact  with their family during the pandemic. 

“The internet allows us to stay connected to our family, with our friends, and in our professional life,  too,” she said. “It’s very good to stay in touch with people that we are missing.”Digital Divide Colorado

To help get more Coloradans connected to the internet, Comcast is participating in the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households a credit of up to $30 per month ($75 per month on Tribal lands) toward internet and mobile services. Paired with Xfinity Internet Essentials service, eligible Comcast customers could receive free internet service with the ACP benefit. Learn more about program eligibility and how to sign up here.

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