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Chicago Connected

A Groundbreaking Initiative to Provide Free High-Speed Internet For Families in Need

Providing Stable High-Speed Internet Access to Students who Need it the Most

Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that provides no-cost, high-speed internet service to CPS students in their households. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to increase internet access for students over the course of four years.

According to Census data, an estimated 100,000 students lack access to high-speed internet in Chicago. In order to narrow the digital divide for CPS families, Chicago Connected offers up to four years of high-speed internet for CPS families who are most in need.

Since its launch in June 2020, more than 50,000 students have enrolled in the program, which is on track to reach 100,000 students by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Chicago Connected has also expanded eligibility to more than 235,000 student households, creating the foundation for a permanent publicly supported system for families in the city.

Over 53,000 newly-eligible families will be notified by U.S. Mail. Families can check eligibility status and access their activation code at cps.edu/GetConnected.

"Chicago Connected has been successful in ensuring our students and their families have the resources they need to attend and engage in school during this unprecedented time," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. "Now, with the welcomed expansion of this initiative, even more of our city's students will have the tools they need to continue to progress academically under challenged conditions."

Expanding internet access to CPS households represents the first phase of a larger effort by the City of Chicago focused on digital equity. The City is evaluating additional ways to improve internet infrastructure investments in communities in need beyond CPS families and is dedicated to further exploring how to broaden Chicago Connected to help more families citywide.

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