"Last August, I challenged Comcast to double the number of families enrolled in Internet Essentials in the city," said Mayor Emanuel. "I'm proud to say that working together with Chicago Public Schools, libraries, numerous community- and faith-based organizations and others, we have reached our set goal. I am committed to closing the digital divide and improving digital literacy of Chicago's workforce and youth."
This year, the City of Chicago and Comcast, in partnership with the United Way and more than a dozen leading community-based organizations, will launch the first "Internet Essentials Learning Zones" in the nation. The zones will incorporate neighborhoods with large concentrations of Internet Essentials-eligible families surrounding five newly-designated Chicago Public Schools "welcoming" schools (Bronzeville/Mayo Elementary; Englewood and West Englewood/Bass Elementary and Nicholson Elementary; and North Lawndale/Hughes Elementary and Johnson Elementary).