Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President David L. Cohen visited Woodson Library in Washington Heights to announce the launch of Internet Essentials in Chicago. Internet Essentials, a groundbreaking Comcast broadband adoption program, provides low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Starting in the "Back-to-School" season for the 2011-2012 school year this summer, eligible households in Comcast's footprint will be able to obtain high-speed access to the Internet through Internet Essentials. Internet Essentials will run for at least three school years, but any household that qualifies during the three-year period will remain eligible for the discounted prices so long as a child in the household continues to receive a free lunch under the NSLP.
"Having access to high-speed Internet service allows children to do schoolwork, adults to find jobs and grow the city's economy, and families to learn and explore together," said Mayor Emanuel. "The Internet Essentials program is a perfect example of the city's government and business community working together to craft innovative, competitive solutions to the important problems facing our citizens."
"Mayor Emanuel has proposed a very ambitious set of initiatives, all of which are designed to promote economic development and attract new business to Chicago. As a corporate citizen of this great city with more than 1,000 Chicago employees, Comcast is proud to play a role and partner with Chicago in these initiatives. But we're particularly proud to be a partner in the Mayor's ambitious broadband agenda, which tracks our own historic commitment to ubiquitous broadband availability and adoption across our footprint," Cohen said.
"The shared focus of the Mayor and Comcast on broadband adoption is justified by the relationship between broadband adoption and jobs. Based on some national research, every one percentage point increase in broadband adoption in the City of Chicago should translate into 1,000 to 3,000 new jobs," added Cohen.
When Internet Essentials launches this fall, eligible participants will receive:
Xfinity Economy Internet Service for $9.95 per month (plus applicable taxes) with no activation or equipment rental charges;
The opportunity to purchase a computer for $149.99 (plus applicable taxes); and
Access to online, in print, and in person digital literacy training.
For more information about Internet Essentials, please visit www.comcast.com/opportunity
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