Grant is part of initiative to increase digital literacy.
Monday, August 13, 2012
by Patch Staff Cable provider Comcast Corp. plans to kick off the second year of its Internet Essentials Program in Atlanta through a partnership with the Warren/Holyfield Boys & Girls Club in Grant Park, the Technology Association of Georgia and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in an initiative designed to boost digital literacy among youth. As part of that initiative, Comcast is expected to announce on Thursday $85,000 in technology grants including a $60,000 Club Tech Grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and $25,000 to fund the 2012-2013 Digital Connectors program at Warren/Holyfield Boys & Girls Club. Comcast launched Internet Essentials in Georgia last year in a special ceremony at Drew Charter School in East Lake. …
Low-cost internet service aims to bridge digital divide to low-income families
Comcast Corp. on Monday launched an ambitious program it says will help bridge the digital divide. Dubbed "Internet Essentials, the program will give low-cost Internet access to 317,000 low-income families in metro Atlanta for $9.95 per month. To be eligible, a family must be in a Comcast service region and have at least one child who qualifies for a free school lunch under the National School Lunch Program. Comcast executives, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and other state legislators, unveiled the project at Charles Drew Charter School in East Lake Monday. Officials said the initiative comes from a desire to overcome three significant barriers to broadband adoption: To address that, Comcast, the nation's largest …