House Representative

Wu, Gene



(Houston) - State Representative Gene Wu joins Comcast and Houston community and civic leaders to kick off the fourth year of Internet Essentials at Neighborhood Centers-Baker Ripley in Southwest Houston. Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative, providing low-cost Internet service and computer equipment, and free digital literacy training. The program is a great way to close the digital divide, empower families through technology and open new opportunities for them.

"It is extremely important that students and families have the ability to use a computer and access the internet from home,” said Representative Wu. “Unfortunately, for low-income households the costs associated with staying connected online can be insurmountable.” He continued, “In a world that runs on technology, we can't leave these communities behind. Programs like Internet Essentials help lift people out of poverty and open doors to infinite possibilities that come with technological literacy and information access."

A series of national and local Internet Essentials milestones will be announced, including the total number of families enrolled to date and 2014 program enhancements.

Comcast partners with Neighborhood Centers Inc. to offer Digital Connectors, a technology learning initiative that teaches teens and young adults’ ages 14 – 21 about broadband technologies, and how to put that knowledge to work in a wide range of community service activities.

Ten lucky winners will also receive a laptop computer through a random drawing.

-More than 350 students from Baker Ripley Charter School
-Texas State Representative Gene Wu
-Houston City Council Member Mike Laster
-Fidel Maffuz, Neighborhood Centers-Baker Ripley School Principal
-Ed Benyon, Vice President of Fund Developments, Neighborhood Centers Inc.
-Ralph Martinez, Senior Vice President for Comcast Houston
-Ray Purser, Vice President for Comcast Houston

WHEN: Wednesday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Neighborhood Centers-Baker Ripley, 6500 Rookin St., Houston, TX 77074

Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150 and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person. Eligible families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including public, parochial, private and homeschooled students.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit or call 1-855-846-8376, or, for Spanish, visit or call 1-855-765-6995.

Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education and connection to more than 528,000 people throughout Texas each year. For more than a century, Neighborhood Centers has offered innovative solutions to help low-income families in emerging neighborhoods get a foothold in the region’s economy. The organization works with residents in more than 70 service locations to help them discover the strengths and skills necessary to become productive, prosperous and self-sufficient. Building on the strengths of individuals and communities, Neighborhood Centers is transforming them. FOR GOOD. Neighborhood Centers Inc. is a United Way agency. For more information, visit

Beth Martin
(713) 271-3900