In an effort to ensure every one of Portland (Oregon) Public Schools´ students can access the district´s home-based distance learning program, PPS-HD, The Fund for Portland Public Schools and Comcast´s Oregon/SW Washington region announce a business partnership providing any PPS family in need of Internet connectivity access to it, free of charge, the company said.
Taking advantage of Comcast´s Internet Essentials, a program designed for low-income families and individuals to acquire access to the Internet, The Fund for PPS has made an initial commitment to sponsor up to six months of free Internet connectivity for 2,000 families.
The Fund for PPS will continue to seek donations to ensure every PPS student who needs Internet access can acquire it, free of charge, for the duration of this unprecedented school closure. Similarly, it continues to raise philanthropic dollars to ensure students with unstable housing can also have access to the Internet through mobile hotspots. Portland Public Schools estimates that over 3,000 students need Internet access.
Since its inception in 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 52,000 low-income households in the Oregon/SW Washington region. The program charges USD 9.95/month, but in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast is offering two months free for customers who sign up on or before April 30. For PPS families, The Fund for PPS will purchase an additional four months.
Beginning the week of April 13th, Portland Public Schools will make phone calls to families who previously expressed a need for Internet access. These families will receive a unique promotion code that will give them access to the free six months of Internet access. Also, beginning on Tuesday, families will be able to visit fundforpps.org/Internet to submit a request for a promotional code. PPS staff at computer distribution sites will also be able to support families´ requests for this promotional code.
The Fund for Portland Public Schools is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building a robust network of generous donors, stewarding strategic philanthropic investments and overseeing parent-led school foundation efforts in support of Oregon´s largest school system, Portland Public Schools (PPS).
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.