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About Comcast: What have we been up to?

ComcastNBCUniversal creates technology and entertainment that connects millions of people to the moments and experiences that matter most. XFINITY is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone providers. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

ComcastNBCUniversal creates technology and entertainment that connects millions of people to the moments and experiences that matter most. XFINITY is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone providers. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

In addition to our core business, I’d like to share more about how we’re making a difference at this moment. 2020 was defined by tremendous change for us all. It required both adaptation and learning the dynamics of the new environment we were collectively navigating. For the past year, I have worked with Comcast communities to respond to the challenges raised by COVID-19 and to confront racial injustice. Each and every day working to find solutions to these major issues has been exhilarating, enlightening, and fulfilling.

When COVID-19 forced us all to quarantine it made it clear that the Internet and broadband is essential. At Comcast we’ve always known the essential nature of broadband. In fact, ten years ago, Comcast embarked on an ambitious journey to help bridge the digital divide. We launched Internet Essentials, our signature digital inclusion program, to help connect as many low-income families as possible to broadband Internet at home. Since our launch, we have connected over 8 million people by working with a range of partners to innovate and ensure students and families have what they need to be successful.

For example, for the sixth time in 10 years, we are increasing the speed of our Internet Essentials service, to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, without changing the price. This increase gives families even more bandwidth for distance learning and remote work, as well as accessing healthcare information, enjoying online entertainment, and staying connected with family and friends during the pandemic and beyond. To help more families access this necessary resource, we are offering new Internet Essentials customers 60 days of Internet service for free through June 30, 2021.

Additionally, as schools shifted to online learning in response to the pandemic, we heard concerns regarding the ability of students to connect at home.  Comcast worked with local leaders across the country to ensure every student had access to broadband at home. That led to the creation of the Internet Essentials Partnership Program which helps schools, school districts, and other community organizations collaborate to fund and connect large numbers of low-income students and families to the Internet at home.

As the child of poor immigrants, I’m also familiar with the struggles of housing insecurity which is why I’m a champion of Comcast's new Lift Zones initiative. LiftZones recognize that closing the digital divide requires community access in addition to home access by providing community broadband access centers in underinvested neighborhoods. By partnering with community centers and city leaders, we’re creating safe spaces for students and families to get online with free Wi-Fi. Advancing digital equity is an all hands on deck effort and we are happy to be in collaboration with leaders who are committed to making a difference.

We are also going beyond connectivity by investing in organizations that build digital literacy skills. Over the last year, we’ve committed more than $40 million to education and equity focused partners that provide platforms for young voices and workforce development programs that lead to improved economic mobility for adults. These organizations are instrumental in creating pathways to opportunity in media, technology, arts, and entrepreneurship. By supporting programs like Per Scholas, BUILD, Genesys Works, Opportunity at Work, and more, we are helping to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed in the new future of work.

At Comcast, our commitment goes beyond the digital divide to fostering a more equitable, just, and inclusive society. This past year, we announced a $100 million commitment to fight injustice and inequality and are taking important steps in other ways to contribute toward social justice. First, in response to the economic hardship facing small businesses, we launched Comcast RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment), a multi-year, multi-faceted initiative designed to help BIPOC-owned small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19 navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Through this initiative, more than 700 businesses nationwide have benefited from marketing and technology services and tech makeovers, which will go a long way toward achieving an equitable recovery.

Finally, we’re investing in the future of journalism with NBC Academy, a $6 million partnership with 12 universities and five community colleges. These 17 schools are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and colleges with significant Latino, Asian, Black, Indigenous and Tribal populations. We plan on leveling the playing field and closing the opportunity gap by sharing our professional insights and expertise, providing additional funding for accredited Journalism programs, and offering financial assistance directly to students.

At ComcastNBCUniversal, we are choosing to be active participants in our communities at such a crucial moment in time. It’s been a pleasure working with NBCSL and their legislators to make the aforementioned initiatives a reality for our communities and your constituents.


Antonio Williams, Executive Director of Government and External AffairsAntonio Williams, Executive Director of Government and External Affairs

About Antonio:

Tony Williams currently serves as the Executive Director of Government and External Affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal. In this position Tony manages Comcast NBCUniversal’s relationships with Inter-Governmental Associations (IGA’s), as well as National 3rd Party Organizations and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to develop policies, regulations and practices that encourage technological innovation, economic growth, and close the digital divide in urban, minority, and underserved communities.

During his career at Comcast NBCUniversal, Tony has led and developed public policy campaigns that engage and excite elected officials, regulators, and community leaders about technology and media. His work has helped to create public policy that benefits minority, underserved, and young communities. This includes the development of Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program – the largest private low-income broadband adoption program in the world; establishing digital literacy programs serving Black Americans; working with cities and states to increase broadband speeds to low-income communities; incubating the National Urban League’s Urban Tech Jobs 2.0 Program; and supporting the Rainbow PUSH Faith Tech initiative.







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