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In partnership with Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the giveaway encourages family connection this holiday season and beyond
MIAMI—NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, the leading media company serving Hispanics in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, in partnership with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, today announced a gift of over 1,000 laptops and free internet service for a year to young people, students, and seniors across the United States. The laptops and internet access are being donated by Comcast, with technology training for laptop recipients being provided by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
The laptop giveaway ties into Comcast’s broader mission to help close the digital divide and is one facet of Telemundo’s holiday campaign, Felices Fiestas, which celebrates the value of relationships and hope for the future. Dedicated segments will accompany a custom jingle and special programming throughout the holiday season. The donation contributes to learning gaps for students and to social isolation for seniors — issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. By focusing on these demographics, the company aims to create opportunities for intergenerational connections and provide bonding experiences among family members who need a safe, socially distanced way to see loved ones during the holiday season. In addition, while the pandemic keeps many students out of physical classrooms, technology becomes vital for distance learning and helping young people continue with their studies.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the digital divide, with many members of our community experiencing economic insecurity and hardship,” said Christina Kolbjornsen, Senior Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “This time of year is traditionally when we’re together with loved ones, and we’re pleased to do our part to help families everywhere connect meaningfully this year and for years to come.”
Laptop distribution kicks off today and will continue throughout the holiday season in several Telemundo markets, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Washington D.C. Recipients were selected in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and local community partners, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, Miami, Metro Denver and Greater Salt Lake, Blackstone Community Center of Boston, Back of the Yard Neighborhood Council of Chicago, Tejano Center of Houston and Concillio of Philadelphia.
“At a time that has been isolating for many of us and will be even more pronounced during this Holiday Season, access to the internet provides a lifeline for friends and relatives who have gone months without seeing one another,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “This is an essential service, and we couldn’t be prouder to partner with Telemundo, Comcast and local organizations to ensure that families in need can stay connected this Holiday Season and beyond.”
Comcast Internet Essentials has helped connect more than 8 million low-income people to the Internet at home. Earlier this year, the service announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their homework. This initiative will expand in-home technology and internet access to seniors as well as students.
To learn more about Felices Fiestas, follow Telemundo on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, and follow El Poder en Ti, Telemundo’s award-winning corporate social responsibility platform, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Global Studios, Universo, and a Revenue Strategy & Innovation unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news, and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 30 local stations, 50 affiliates, and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. Telemundo Global Studios is the company’s domestic and international scripted production unit, including Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International Studios, Telemundo International, Underground Producciones, an internationally renowned production boutique based in Argentina as well as all of the company’s co-production partnerships. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Revenue Strategy & Innovation unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; and Universo, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience, and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit which inspires, prepares, positions, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities. Follow HHF on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
About Comcast Internet Essentials
Since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected millions of low-income households to the Internet, most for the very first time. During that period, the program has grown from focusing on bridging the “homework gap” for school-age children to addressing digital equity issues for all Americans. The program offers low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax, provides access to free digital skills training in print, online, and in person, and includes the option to purchase a low-cost Internet-ready computer. For individuals and organizations interested in becoming a partner, please visit: https://partner.internetessentials.com to order free collateral materials.
To apply, go to: www.internetessentials.com using any web-connected device, including mobile phones. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. In addition, there are two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Telemundo Press Contacts:
Krystyna Hall – Krystyna.Hall@nbcuni.com | Margie Sernik – Margie.Sernik@nbcuni.com
Hispanic Heritage Foundation Press Contact:
Nicolas Pena – Nicolas@hispanicheritage.org