Comcast Donates 200+ Laptops to San Joaquin Valley Students and Launches Five New ‘Lift Zones’ to Help Close the Digital Divide

Comcast Opens New Lift Zones Providing Free WiFi at El Concilio in Lodi, Modesto, and Stockton, CA, Gives Away More Than 200+ Free Laptops to Students and Donates $50,000 to Increase Digital Equity In the Region

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Stockton, Calif., — In an effort to help close the Digital Divide in California, Comcast today donated 200+ laptops to students at El Concilio Academy in Stockton, CA, while also opening five new Lift Zones at several El Concilio California locations to provide free access to high-speed WiFi. As part of its larger digital equity initiative, Comcast also made a cash contribution of $50,000 to El Concilio, California, which is one of the largest community-based, nonprofit social service providers in California’s San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

Comcast’s award-winning Lift Zones program offers free WiFi, powered by a Comcast Business solution, which enables students, seniors, families, and community members to get online and more fully participate in the digital economy. With these new locations, Comcast has now established five Lift Zones in San Joaquin County—and a total of over 150 Lift Zones throughout its California service area.

“It’s no secret that having access to high-speed, reliable broadband is even greater today than it was a couple years ago, and I’m grateful to see business partners like Comcast continuing to invest in our underserved communities,” said Jose R. Rodriguez, President & CEO of El Concilio California. “The resources provided by Comcast to our students and families today will have a significant impact on their overall quality of life, help maximize their potential and create lasting change.”

“Thank you, Comcast for positively impacting our community through technology services, financial resources, and the launch of new Lift Zones in Stockton.” said Mayor Kevin Lincoln, of Stockton, CA. “Internet access is not a luxury, it is a necessity. I am grateful for Comcast’s continued support in providing these critical tools for our city.”

“Closing the digital divide and addressing digital equity remain two of Comcast’s top priorities here in Stockton and across the nation,” said Broderick Johnson, EVP, Digital Equity and EVP, Public Policy, Comcast Corporation. “Programs like Lift Zones and our continued donations to provide digital literacy resources are helping to level the playing field and make sure the Internet is available to everyone who needs it.”

Today’s announcement and donation is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach millions of people with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. The Comcast Lift Zones program complements the Internet Essentials program, which since 2011, has helped connect more than 10 million low-income people to the Internet at home. In California, Comcast has connected more than 1.7 million residents, making it the number one state in terms of overall participation in the Internet Essentials program.

Comcast continues to be an avid participant in the Federal Government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible people up to a $30/per month credit toward their Internet and mobile services. New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can learn more about the program and sign up by visiting:

About El Concilio California Academies:

El Concilio California Academies (ECCA) partners with community groups to build and operate free K-12 public charter schools serving students in the California. ECCA’s system of schools is designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide school choice to families so their children are prepared for success in high school, college, and beyond. For more information or to enroll your student in the new Academy, visit

About El Concilio California:

In continual operation for 54 years, El Concilio California is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit multi-service agency with the trusted mission to uplift and advocate for California’s marginalized, minority, economically segregated, and communities of color by providing access to crucial services, programs, and resources to over 75,000 individuals and families annually for a whole-person approach to increased physical, psychological, and economic well-being, to help people create better futures for themselves and their families reach their full potential, become leaders to the community, and in turn empower others.

About Comcast Corporation  

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit for more information. 

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