Comcast to put 12 WiFi hotspot 'lift zones' in Detroit by end of year

Posted at 5:34 AM, Oct 26, 2020

(WXYZ) — Comcast announced Monday plans to establish 12 WiFi-connected "lift zones" in Detroit by the end of the year.

The company said the lift zones are designed to help students who are unable to connect to distance learning at home.

The WiFi hotspots will be placed in safe spaces to help students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework. Many locations will also help adults connect to online education, job searches, healthcare information and public assistance.

“Our vision is to ensure that every Detroiter is fully digitally included, improving the quality of life for all residents,” said Joshua Edmonds, director of digital inclusion, City of Detroit and the Connect 313 digital inclusion strategy. “Connect 313 and Comcast share a passion for bridging the digital divide, and our partnership will ensure these Lift Zone locations will reach as many Detroiters who need them as possible.”

The zones are part of Comcast's plan to put more than 1,000 lift zones in community centers across the country.

The first 12 Lift Zones locations will be:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan: Lloyd H. Diehl Club: 4242 Collingwood Street
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan: Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus: 16500 Tireman Street
Detroit Blight Busters: 17340 Lahser Road
Detroit Boxing Gym: 6445 East Vernor Highway
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation: 1211 Trumbull Street
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries – Men’s Shelter: 3606 Third Street
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries – Women’s Shelter: 12900 West Chicago Street
Franklin Wright Settlements: 7375 Woodward Avenue
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc.: 7150 Vernor Highway
City Covenant Church (Mission: City): 20405 Schoolcraft
Matrix Human Services: Social Mobility Center: 13560 East McNichols Road
Say Detroit Play Center:19320 Van Dyke Avenue