Chicago Community Leaders Explore how Internet Access can help Children and Families

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Leaders address broadband adoption strategies for communities, schools, and businesses…

PUSHComcast today hosted a panel at The Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education’s 42nd International Convention about how to leverage technology to promote education, entrepreneurship, and health.

The panel explored a variety of themes, including how community and business leaders can use the Internet to increase educational opportunities, confront persistent social challenges, and increase their impact.  Tony Williams, Comcast’s director of Government Affairs, moderated the panel, which included:

  • Dionne Baux, program officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Chicago;
  • Lupe Martinez, director of Career Pathways, Instituto Del Progreso Latino;
  • Shari Runner, senior vice president, Strategy and Community Development, Chicago Urban League;
  • Reverend Leslie Sanders, senior vice president, Community Relations, The Prairie Group Consulting, Inc.; and
  • Melody Spann Cooper, chair, Midway Broadcasting, WVON- and WRLL-AM Radio Chicago.

Two years ago, Comcast launched Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program.  Since then, more than 150,000 families across the nation have enrolled in the program – more families have enrolled in Chicago than in any other city.

Internet Essentials provides Internet service at home to eligible families for around $10 a month, the ability to purchase computers for around $150, and access to free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person.  To qualify, the household must be in a location in which Comcast offers Internet service and have at least one child who’s eligible for the National School Lunch Program.  In addition, the household may not have subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days or have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.

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