Cable and Internet provider Comcast has selected St. Paul for a $50,000 grant through its community programs.
The funding will be used for “enhancing broadband technology access as well as offering family-focused digital literacy training,” the company said.
In addition, Comcast said it will offer six months of free Internet service to eligible low-income St. Paul families not already customers. Applications must be made by March 18 by calling 1-855-846-8376 or visiting www.InternetEssentials.com. For Spanish, the contacts are 1-855-765-6995, or www.InternetBasico.com.
The $50,000 grant will go the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation to distribute to nonprofit partners, including CommonBond Communities, Neighborhood House, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Twin Cities Housing Development Corp. — Liberty Plaza and West 7th Community Center.
The company said the plan is to:
…create a continuum of connectivity — or “Internet Essentials Learning Zones” that begin in the classroom with wired schools, follow the students to wired libraries, wired computer centers, and wired after-school programs, and end in wired homes when the day is done.
Mike Anderson, executive director of the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, expressed gratitude to the company: “Comcast’s viable partnership and long-term commitment in the Twin Cities area will allow the community to become more digitally literate so they can enhance their education and utilize everything the Internet has to offer.”