New Program Aims to Close Digital Divide for Minorities

Nov. 15, 2011 / By

New America Media, Video, Ann Bassette; Anchor/Editor: Odette Keeley , Posted: Nov 12, 2011
Ed. Note: Studies show that as the nation is becoming increasingly digital, more minority families are being left behind due to limited or no Internet access at home. Seeking to bridge the divide, Comcast Cable recently launched an Internet Essentials program during its inaugural Youth Tech Summit and Expo held recently in San Francisco.

The Internet Essentials program aims to help low-income families across the country gain easier and more affordable access to the worldwide web by offering low-cost Internet rates, cheaper computers, and free digital literacy training.

This first-ever Comcast Youth Tech Summit and Expo was co-hosted by public officials and Comcast executives, with education experts and city dignitaries as special guests.

This video segment is currently airing on the latest edition of “New America Now,” NAM’s TV show, broadcast on COMCAST Hometown Network – CHN 104 every Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 PM PT, and also on COMCAST ON DEMAND — anchored by Odette Keeley.

Additional reporting by Donny Lumpkins.

Still Photo Credits from Video: Comcast Cable

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