Comcast investing $1 billion over 10 years in internet equity programs, with Chicago at the center of effort to bridge the digital divide

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The effort to bridge the digital divide includes Internet Essentials, which offers $9.95 per month broadband service to families receiving public assistance. Launched in 2011, the program has connected more than 10 million people to high-speed internet service at home, including 880,000 in Chicago and Cook County, the largest market for Internet Essentials in the U.S., the company said.