Lori Lightfoot at Comcast

Mayor Lightfoot–And All of Us–Must Push Comcast to Make Good on Their Free Internet Promise

Chicago and the nation applauded when Mayor Lori Lightfoot persuaded Comcast to double the speed of Internet for low-income families and also offered “60 free days of Internet to any low-income family.”

But there was a catch. Families who owe Comcast money or had applied for service in the past and ran into payment problems are not eligible. In other worse, families who are in serious financial trouble can’t get Internet for their kids to do schoolwork, as this article from San Antonio illustrates.

So what can we do? Besides putting a meme of our mayor atop a Comcast office? Easy–sign this petition!

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Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student in the Chicago Public Schools. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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