Comcast and Walgreens Plan to Address Digital Divide
Comcast unveiled Wednesday a new partnership with Walgreens that will extend the reach of its Internet Essentials program to nearly 300 Walgreens Pharmacy stores in South Florida.
The announcement took place at a special event at the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) where Comcast was joined by OYC founder and former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning to unveil details about the creation of the first digital learning zones in Florida.
It will further the company’s goal of helping to bridge the digital divide by ensuring low-income students and their families have access to the Internet.
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Comcast also announced it will include up to six months of complimentary Internet service for any eligible South Florida family, from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties as well as those in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, who has not yet applied for Internet Essentials.
Families who are approved for Internet Essentials between November 5, 2014 and December 31, 2014 will receive up to six months of Internet service for free.
Among the elements of the new partnership between Comcast and Walgreens, Internet Essentials program materials will now be available to customers in nearly 300 Walgreens Pharmacy stores located throughout South Florida from Vero Beach to Key West.
In addition, Walgreens is providing one year of free Internet Essentials service to 25 families served by the OYC.
Internet Essentials from Comcast is a broadband adoption program. Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 350,000 families, or about 1.4 million low-income Americans, to the power of the Internet. This includes connecting nearly 50,000 Florida families or about 200,000 low-income Floridians.