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University Heights Center Education Programs, Community Workshops, and Arts and Culture Events Benefit from Free Comcast Internet UHeights Among 80 Community Centers in Washington State to Receive Free WiFi Connectivity this Year as Part of Comcast Lift Zone Initiative

News release by Comcast Washington

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon SEATTLE | June 14, 2021 08:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Comcast Washington today announced it is providing free internet access to visitors at University Heights Center. The broadband service is being provided as part of the company’s effort to roll out WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in local community centers throughout Washington in partnership with cities, community organizations and local nonprofit partners.

UHeights supports 11 resident organizations inside a 1902 historic, landmarked building. Together, they bolster the neighborhood’s well-being through childcare and education, arts and cultural enrichment, beneficial mental and physical activity, food security, and housing solutions.

Becoming a Lift Zone enhances the mission of UHeights and those of their resident organizations: Students in the early learning programs and K-12 specialized education classes can more easily access materials online to supplement their schoolwork; the UHeights Theatre Alliance can augment their performances in The Auditorium; and the many local community and arts groups that are a part of UHeights’ programs can host their events through a virtual/in-person post-COVID hybrid model that ensures continued accessibility and inclusion.

“At its core, UHeights’ mission is to uplift our community and Lift Zone gives us a practical tool to do just that. With the increased access Lift Zone provides, we can empower our neighbors across generations, abilities, and socioeconomic status, helping us more fully fulfill our vision of being truly inclusive,” said Nicolina Miller, UHeights Development Coordinator

Through its Lift Zone initiative, Comcast is establishing WiFi-connected safe spaces for those needing internet access in 80 community centers statewide by the end of 2021. The company has unveiled 30 Lift Zones in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Island and Spokane counties since fall 2020. These locations offer Internet connectivity to students and families that lack broadband access in the home.

Lift Zones complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program and is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet in and outside of the home. Internet Essentials is Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected 560,000 low-income individuals statewide to broadband internet, including 336,000 people in the Puget Sound area.

Today’s announcement also comes on the heels of Comcast’s recent $1 billion commitment over the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide and give even more low-income students and families the tools and resources they need to succeed in a digital world.

“We are thrilled to partner with UHeights and add robust WiFi coverage to this historic building that is a community-focused center for education, arts and culture, civic involvement and more,” said Rodrigo Lopez, Region Senior Vice President, Comcast Washington. “Whether connecting people to the Internet at home through Internet Essentials or providing free WiFi at community centers with our Lift Zones program, we’re helping to ensure our community members have multiple options to get online.”

Internet Essentials has a comprehensive design that addresses each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption. This includes multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in person; the option to purchase a heavily subsidized, low-cost Internet-ready computer; and low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month, plus tax. For more information about Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit To apply, visit or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

About University Heights Center

Founded in 1989 by University District residents and businesses who believed this building would serve as a vital gathering place for the community, University Heights Center has been serving the Greater Seattle area since 1902. We continually provide new programs, services & activities to the center aimed at strengthening our neighborhoods while meeting the needs of our diverse and growing communities This includes the addition of many critical human services to support people who are unhoused and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19--the Safe Lot, Vehicle Residency Outreach program, free food truck, Seattle Community Fridge, and the 24/7 hygiene station. Visit for more information about our arts and cultural events, human services, community partners, and find out how you can get involved.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit for more information.

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