"It is imperative that Chicago become a more digitally connected city so all of our children have the same opportunities and our adults can find jobs and help grow the city’s economy,” Emanuel said.
Expanding broadband Internet access is a top priority for the FCC under Chairman Julius Genachowski. Providing universal access to broadband is one of the goals of the commission's National Broadband Plan.
"Digital literacy is essential for participating in our economy. It is essential for an education," Genachowski said in a video on Comcast's website promoting the plan. "We used to be able to say, 'Our economy is going digital.' Well our economy is digital."