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Comcast works to close digital gap

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast announced Wednesday it will invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to help close the digital divide.

Since 2011, Comcast, working in collaboration with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners, has connected more than 10 million people in America to broadband internet at home, the overwhelming majority of whom were not connected previously.

Comcast’s $1 billion commitment will include investments in additional support for its ongoing Lift Zone initiative, which establishes Wi-Fi-connected safe spaces in more than 1,000 community centers nationwide for students and adults by the end of 2021; new laptop and computer donations; grants for nonprofit community organizations to create opportunities for low-income Americans, particularly in media, technology and entrepreneurship; and continued investment in the company’s Internet Essentials program.

It is estimated that these new commitments will impact as many as 50 million Americans over the next 10 years.

Comcast serves parts of the area including northern Blair County.

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