Comcast, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Civic and Community Leaders Kick off Year Two of the Groundbreaking Internet Essentials Program Designed to Help Close the Digital Divide

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President, David L.

Cohen, and civic and community leaders today announced today announced

year two of Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive

broadband adoption program designed to help close the digital divide

among low-income Americans. In its first full year of availability,

nearly 100,000 families, or 400,000 Americans, gained access to the

Internet at home, and Comcast continues to enhance the program with new

features and processes designed to accelerate enrollment in the program.

Nearly 7,000 families signed on in Chicago alone, and more than 15,000

have signed on across the region, which includes much of Illinois,

northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.

“It is imperative that Chicago become a more digitally connected city so

all of our children have the same opportunities and our adults can find

jobs and help grow the city’s economy,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I am

focused on closing the digital divide throughout our city and ensuring

that every family in Chicago can benefit from getting online at home.

Having widespread Internet access throughout our homes and in our

neighborhoods will help the city move forward and ensure that our

children have brighter opportunities in the future.”

David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President, added,

“I’d like to congratulate Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools for

having made the Internet Essentials program such a resounding success.

Cities like Chicago are making a tangible difference in the lives of

their students and families who are now able to go online at home and

access the endless resources the Internet has to offer.”

New in 2012:

Since Internet Essentials launched, Comcast has made a number of program

enhancements including:

Internet Essentials Program Details:

Internet Essentials addresses three primary barriers to broadband

adoption that research has identified – a lack of understanding of how

the Internet is relevant and useful, the cost of a home computer and the

cost of the Internet service. Program participants receive:

A household is eligible to participate if it meets all of the following


Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program for at least three

years, through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Any household that

qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible for

Internet Essentials if at least one child eligible for a free or reduced

lunch remains living in the household.

In Chicago, Comcast is working with a growing network of more than 1,100

community-based organizations, school districts, faith-based

organizations, elected officials and others to spread the word about

Internet Essentials and provide digital literacy training. In addition,

since inception, Comcast has sponsored or participated in nearly 200

events to spread the word to those who could benefit from Internet


For general information about Internet Essentials, please visit

for English, and visit

for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread

the word can find more information at

Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for

Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.

About Comcast Corporation:

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is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information

and communications products and services. Comcast is principally

involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in

the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news,

sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.

Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet

and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is

the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates

entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast

networks, local television station groups, television production

operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.