You got a laptop! You got a laptop! Everybody got a laptop!
Some lucky seniors from Southie – 110 to be exact – received a new laptop compliments of Comcast. A new pilot program launched as part of Comcast’s Internet Essentials and a $100,000 grant to Boston’s Tech Goes Home, will be equip seniors with the tools, training, and access to support 21st century skills development. The funds will be used to provide digital literacy training for senior citizens. The seniors received their laptops at the South Boston Neighborhood House handed out by non other than Oprah….just kidding…Mayor Marty Walsh!
“I am pleased to be working with Comcast to bring affordable internet access to our Boston seniors,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of our population, and we are committed to making Boston an age-friendly city. Our low-income seniors need both training and access to internet services, and I thank Comcast and our partners for their work to create equitable internet access for our City’s seniors.”
According to Pew Research Center, just 47 percent, or less than half, of seniors (aged 65 and older) have high-speed internet at home. When it comes to income level, only 25 percent of seniors with household incomes below $30,000 have home broadband, compared to 82 percent of seniors with household incomes at or above $75,000.
Let’s hope all those seniors log on to CIS and follow us on twitter!