Comcast recently made some big announcements in its hometown of Philadelphia, the first stop on a multi-city tour for Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, new ambassadors and spokespeople for the company’s corporate values initiatives.
Edison 64 in Philadelphia, the future site of a 68-unit veterans housing development that will be run by Veterans Multi-Service Center, served as the backdrop for the morning announcement with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; Executive Director of Veterans Multi-Service Center Tim Williams; local veterans and nonprofit and community partners.
There, we announced that in the seven years since Comcast kicked off Internet Essentials, six million Americans have signed up for the program. In Greater Philadelphia, Internet Essentials has connected nearly 200,000 individuals to the Internet at home and in New Jersey it has helped connect approximately 112,000 individuals to the Internet.
The company also announced it will significantly expand eligibility – for the eleventh time in seven years – to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast footprint. The move to extend Internet Essentials eligibility to low-income veterans is the second largest expansion in the program’s history.