Comcast launches ‘Lift Zones’ at area community-based organizations


(WEEK) — Comcast is launching new WiFi-connected spaces around Central Illinois, where students and families can access the Internet for school, homework to learn new digital skills and to search for employment.

According to a release, the new Lift Zones are located at:

George Washington Carver Community Center ,710 W. Percy Baker Ave., Peoria, IL 61605;

Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, 1101 Veerman St., Pekin, IL 61554;

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria locations:
Caho/Becker Unit, 2703 W Grinnell St., Peoria, IL 61602;
East Bluff Community Center, 512 E Kansas St., Peoria, IL 61603

Nannie M. Johnson Community Center, 3129 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603
Richland Farms Community Center, 446 Cass St., East Peoria, IL 61611

Comcast says the zones are part of a multiyear plan to support community-organization-based WiFi at more than 1,000 Lift Zones around the country.

“The pandemic has further demonstrated that digital literacy and Internet access are necessities for our community,” said Peoria Mayor Rita Ali.  “We are pleased to have Lift Zones in Peoria to help students and families connect to the Internet for school, work and building digital skills at local community organizations.”

“We are proud to join Comcast and other community partners to launch Lift Zones in the Peoria area,” said Jacobie Proctor, Chief Executive Officer of George Washington Carver Community Center. “The ability to provide free Internet access helps further our vision to create opportunities and experiences that are essential for individuals and communities to grow and thrive.”

The company says that through the end of 2021, they will continue to offer all new Internet Essentials customers two months of free Internet service.

Comcast also continues to extend free access to its 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2021. These hotspots are located in public places like small businesses, parks and transportation hubs and are in addition to the Lift Zones.

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