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Comcast extends program for 60 days of free internet for new, low-income customers

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 12:47:44-05
(WXYZ) —

Comcast announced Monday it is extending its COVID-19 internet support through June 30, 2021.

The program gives free internet service for the first 60 days to new internet essentials customers for low-income families. It also gives them free access to 1.5 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots, and it's the third time Comcast has made the extension.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly to ensure our network is operating at peak performance and help our customers and our communities navigate this unprecedented crisis,” said Dave Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable. “For nearly a decade, we’ve been on a mission to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. We have accelerated that work during COVID-19 by partnering with public schools to provide Internet for more low-income students and by working with community centers to create safe spaces for families to connect to free WiFi through Lift Zones.”

The company also announced plans to launch Lift Zones in community centers in Detroit and around the country.

The WiFi hotspots will be placed in safe spaces to help students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework. Many locations will also help adults connect to online education, job searches, healthcare information and public assistance.

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