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 citys 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,
Id 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
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 www.internetessentials.com
for English, and visit www.internetbasico.com
for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread
the word can find more information at www.internetessentials.com/partner.
Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for
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