Jackson and Comcast partner to conquer the ‘Digital Divide’

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Comcast brought its ‘Internet Essentials’ program to the Capitol City.

Representatives with the company say this is their way of helping to close the digital divide among low-income students and veterans.

Through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi, Comcast gave away 100 refurbished laptops to local school children.

It’s the biggest laptop giveaway in the history of the seven-year program.

Comcast Sr. Vice-President David Cohen, says this is an opportunity for students to be on level technology playing field.

“I think have a laptop and a connection to the internet is life-changing, and it enables people to gain digital literacy skills necessary to compete in a 21st century economy. So, I think we’re changing lives we’re changing the trajectory of lives.”

The laptops are refurbished and come free to the students along with six months of internet service. Students will pay a reduced rate of $10/month after that time. Comcast will also be providing access to veterans in the Jackson area.

If you are interested in applying for a low cost computer and internet access. Contact the ‘Internet Essentials’ program, visit the website or call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376.

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