(Augusta, GA): September 28, 2021 – Comcast today announced the launch of four new Xfinity WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in greater Augusta to support low-income students, families and others impacted by the global pandemic. They are scheduled to be open by the end of 2021.
Lift Zones provide internet connectivity at community centers and other public facilities allowing students to get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework. The sites also benefit adults, connecting them to online education, job searches, healthcare information and public assistance.
“Comcast has worked hard to address internet connectivity challenges brought on by the pandemic,” said Jason Gumbs, Regional Senior Vice President at Comcast. “We are delighted to partner with community organizations to offer Lift Zones as a safe place for Augusta families and students to succeed.”
The upcoming Lift Zone locations are:
- Boys & Girls Club, E.W. Hagler Club at 206 Milledge Rd. in Augusta
- Boys & Girls Club, Dogwood Terrace Club at 747 15th Ave. in Augusta
- Boys & Girls Club, McDuffie County Club at 221 Pecan Ave. in Thomson
- Paralyzed Veterans of America SE Chapter at 4010 Deans Bridge Rd. in Hephzibah
With the addition of four new Lift Zones in Augusta, the state of Georgia will be home to 21 total Lift Zones by the end of 2021 with 18 more scheduled to launch next year.
In 2020, Comcast announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 Xfinity WiFi-connected Lift Zones in community centers nationwide as part of the company’s Internet Essentials initiative. This effort is part of Comcast’s commitment to investing $1 billion over the next ten years to reach 50 million low-income Americans to help them fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy.