Program bridging 'digital divide' continuing

August 15, 2012 2:47:45 PM PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced year two of a program aimed at getting low-income households online in order to help close what he calls the digital divide.

The mayor was joined by executives from Comcast in announcing the second year of the "internet essentials" program. It offers broadband internet service at a reduced rate for qualifying families as well as a voucher for a computer also at reduced cost.

"We also like deals in this country OK," he said. "They're giving you unbelievable broadband for $9 a month and voucher for a computer - as my grandmother would say: such a deal...take it!"

Comcast says the program has helped nearly 7,000 families gain internet access in Chicago in the past year, the most of any city using the program.

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