Chicago initiative aims to close digital divide for students

June 2, 2011
Needy students would get price breaks on Internet service

From The Chicago Sun-Times: The digital divide that has left many with little or no access to the Internet is about to narrow for 330,000 needy students. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Comcast cable company have unveiled "Internet Essentials," a program designed to provide more affordable high-speed Internet services for the families of Chicago Public School students who qualify for free school lunches. Comcast normally charges $48.95 a month for broadband Internet service. Under the new program, eligible families will be able to get that service for $9.95 a month.

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