Wi-Fi "Lift Zones" Opening to APS Students

Wi-Fi "Lift Zones" Opening to APS Students
Posted on 12/15/2020

As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast, along with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock have announced plans to equip more than 20 different locations in the Denver metro area with Wi-Fi-connected “Lift Zones” by the end of the year.

Registration for Aurora's three initial sites at Central, Moorhead and Meadowood recreation centers will start Dec. 17, with remote learning centers for Aurora Public Schools students opening Jan. 11. Visit this webpage for details. 

Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast is providing robust Wi-Fi coverage at safe spaces like parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and other nonprofit and community centers that are expected to help thousands of low-income students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework, when sites reopen and it’s safe to gather in a socially distanced manner. 

Click here to watch the full Comcast Impact on Education virtual event.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, students without access to broadband and computers experienced a homework gap that posed barriers to educational opportunity. Now, students need access to simply participate in the remote learning environment,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser. “Access is just one piece of bridging the digital divide. Knowing what to do online, how to do it safely, and how to protect children and families from online fraud and abuse is of utmost importance, and I am proud to partner with Comcast on these efforts.”

"Giving students a safe place at city of Aurora recreation centers to access the WiFi they need is essential for ensuring Aurora's kids continue to learn despite the pandemic," said Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman. "We are grateful to Comcast for partnering with us on this valuable service to the community."

“To assist our Denver students during this pandemic, Denver Parks & Recreation launched four free learning labs in low income and underserved neighborhoods,” said Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “These learning labs now join Comcast’s network of Lift Zones to provide students with a safe and supportive place to complete their schoolwork using this free, reliable, high-speed WiFi.”

Lift Zone sites complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has helped connect more than 8 million low-income people to the Internet at home, including more than 300,000 Coloradans. 

Lift Zones sites are also being installed in communities throughout the Front Range, as well as statewide in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. These Lift Zones will feature free Wi-Fi provided by Comcast, which allows students to work on laptops simultaneously so they can successfully participate in distance learning. This initiative provides free connectivity inside partner community centers for the next three years.  

“Connecting people to what matters most is what Comcast is all about,” said Amy Lynch, Sr. Vice President Comcast Mountain West Region. “Comcast is proud of the partnerships and collaboration with our local governments, schools, businesses and the nonprofit community to launch Lift Zone centers throughout our service area in Colorado to expand the options for safe, reliable Internet access to even more people in our communities so they can learn, work and achieve their potential.” 

In addition to the Lift Zone sites, Comcast and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser also announced grants and resources valued at $150,000 to better support internet safety and digital literacy programs in Colorado. Grantees are:

Community Computer Connection (C3):
o $25,000 to help them acquire technology resources needed by schools, nonprofits, and individuals 
o 200 laptops for them to distribute to nonprofits, schools and lower-income communities.

$25,000 to Denver Public Schools Foundation to help DPS technology education leaders provide internet safety programming and resources at school locations and at Denver Comcast Lift Zone locations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., and city of Denver Parks & Rec centers.

$25,000 to Aurora Public Schools Foundation to support APS technology education leaders in providing online safety programming and resources at APS school locations and at Aurora Comcast Lift Zone locations including city of Aurora recreation centers.

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