Chicago Connected will provide approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools students with free high-speed internet service to make remote learning easier this fall.
This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students. An estimated 100,000 students lack access to high-speed internet in Chicago. To narrow the digital divide for CPS families, Chicago Connected will provide up to four years of high-speed internet for CPS families who are most in need.
Internet connectivity will be provided for free through Comcast and RCN. Families can find out more details on the Chicago Connected website, and can learn more about eligibility at this link. The program is being funded by a combination of foundations and local philanthropists, including financier Ken Griffin, Barack and Michelle Obama, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and many others.
Interested families can find out if they are eligible for this free service at this link.