Comcast doubles the sound speed Internet Essentials Package, its $ 10-a-month product to connect low-income families to the Internet. Starting March 1, new and existing users will automatically be able to receive download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and downloads of up to 5 Mbps. This announcement is part of the company’s commitment to “reduce the digital divide” and to fight both “digital literacy and lack of homework”. This is the second time in recent months that Internet Essentials has seen an increase in speed, as Comcast has pushed the 25/3 Mbps plan in response to COVID-19 in March 2020.
As part of the initiative, the company is also committing to providing free high-speed Wi-Fi to 1,000 community centers across the country. These “elevator zones” are designed to allow children to access the Internet in a safe place, allowing them to access distance learning and complete homework when they are not at school. The company says it will meet its goal of 1,000 lifting zones by the end of 2021, well ahead of its own schedule.