Comcast, along with 12 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers — Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Ryan Sieg — joined Tech For Troops members at last Thursday’s Richmond Raceway media day to break down computer hardware and provision refurbished laptops to help U.S. veterans in need.
The on-site activation is part of Comcast’s partnership with Tech For Troops, a Richmond-based nonprofit organization bridging the digital divide for veterans and their families in the U.S. The partnership kicked off in April when Comcast, along with its partners in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash program, announced that it is providing a $30,000 grant to Tech For Troops to establish an Internet Essentials “Digital Rally Point” in Richmond — a place where veterans can access IT training and technology to help prepare them for reentry into the workforce.
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in America, is now available to all low-income Americans in its service area, including all low-income veterans.
Internet Essentials has an integrated, wrap-around design that addresses each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified. These include: a lack of digital literacy skills, lack of awareness of the relevance of the Internet to everyday life needs, and fear of the Internet; the lack of a computer; and cost of internet service. The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners. For more information, or to apply for the program in seven different languages, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can also call 1-855-765-6995.