DOWNTOWN — The city and Comcast are making it easier for low-income families in Chicago to get a significant discount on internet.
The Internet Essentials program offers internet for just $9.95 plus tax a month. It’s expanding its eligibility requirements, making it so anyone who participates in at least one of more than a dozen government assistance programs can now get discounted broadband in Chicago, according to a news release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office.
That means anyone who participates in SNAP, Housing Assistance, the National School Lunch Program or other programs is eligible for the offer.
“The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history, and it is unacceptable that we live in a country where millions of families and individuals are missing out on this life-changing resource,” said David Cohen, a senior executive vice president at Comcast NBCUniversal, in the news release. “Whether the internet is used for students to do their homework, adults to look for and apply for new jobs, seniors to keep in touch with friends and family, or veterans to access their well-deserved benefits or medical assistance, it is absolutely essential to be connected in our modern, digital age.”
Those who are eligible for the Internet Essentials program can also qualify for a computer or laptop for $150 and can use WiFi hotspots around the city.
The Internet Essentials program has helped 95,000 homes — or about 380,000 people — connect to the internet in Chicago, according to Lightfoot’s office.
Information about applying is available online.
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