Comcast Creates Wi-Fi Zones to Connect Low-Income Families to the Internet

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Residents can log in just a little easier with Comcast’s new “lift zones”.

The cable operator says it has partnered with local organizations in areas where Wi-Fi is lacking and that ski lift areas will offer free internet access.

Comcast says residents will be able to use them to connect online for work, school, job search and other digital needs.

The lifting areas are located at:

AARC at the Booker Washington Community Center in Rockford
Rockford Boys and Girls Club Locations:
Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club in Rockford
Carlson Boys and Girls Club at Machesney Park
Boys and Girls Club Fairgrounds in Rockford
Flodin Boys and Girls Club in Rockford
Orton Keys Boys and Girls Club in Rockford
Rock River Valley YMCA Locations:
Swedish American Riverfront YMCA in Rockford
Puri Family YMCA in Rockford
Boys & Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County in Freeport

Later this summer, a Lift Zone will open at the Spark Center at Northwest Neighbors Development Group in Rockford.

“Access to the Internet is crucial for developing the skills needed to succeed in school and participate in the economy of today and tomorrow,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “I appreciate Comcast for its long-term efforts to bridge the digital divide and for escalating during the pandemic and for partnering with our schools and community centers to connect even more citizens. “

According to Comcast, the COVID-19 pandemic has put many low-income students and families at risk of being left behind. The company says the Lift Zones complement the Internet Essentials program, their low-cost Internet program for low-income families.

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