Several political and sports figures from Washington state, ranging from basketball superstar Shawn Kemp to Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell, have filmed public service announcements to help get the word out about the importance of connecting low-income families to the Internet.
In addressing the digital divide, these six people and one musical group are helping to get the word out about Comcast Internet Essentials, a program that offers low-cost broadband to families whose students receive free- and reduced-lunch at school. Families can call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to find out if they are eligible for the program and take the steps to get online. Comcast Internet Essentials provides Internet service for $9.95 per month, new computers discounted for $149 and free digital literacy training.
So far, Comcast has connected more than 100,000, or 400,000 low-income Americans, to the Internet. There’s a big push to get the word out to more people. Nationally, the program’s spokesperson is famed coach Tony Dungy who is helping share news of the program.
In Washington, we filmed local celebrities of politics and sports for public service announcements. We are airing these segments on dozens of cable channels. We’re grateful to all of these public figures for taking the time to film these and add their voice to the growing number of people who believe Internet access to essential to success in school, at work, and other areas. Click on the links to watch their PSAs. All the PSAs are a little different; perhaps the most different is the one featuring the EriAm Sisters, who sing part of their message!
Adia Barnes , known for both her play and now her commentary for the WNBA, is an assistant women’s basketball coach with the University of Washington.
Jamal Crawford, most recently of the Los Angeles Clippers, filmed his PSA with us in Rainier Valley, his old stomping grounds where he has been giving clinics at a local Boys & Girls Club
The EriAm Sisters from Renton were a hit on”America’s Got Talent. ” They generously agreed to sing a bit of the PSA, which we never even thought to ask the political leaders to do!
Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell is a big advocate for broadband access and technology adoption.
Shawn Kemp, SuperSonics legend, filmed this PSA in his Seattle restaurant.
Estela Ortega is Executive Director of El Centro de La Raza in Seattle, a valued Comcast partner in improving access to technology.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland is also a strong voice for youth access to technology.
You too can directly help connect people to the Internet. If your church, school or other organization works with families whose students receive free- and reduced-lunch, we will gladlly print and ship literature to you that can be shared with these families. Click at this link to find out how you can receive free Internet Essentials literature to share.