About the Problem

Exclusion from access to the Internet, including high speed connectivity, can have profound repercussions for those on the wrong side of the digital divide. Those without access are extremely disadvantaged in today’s digital society and face challenges in conducting business, accessing health information, gathering research, looking for a job, learning, completing school assignments, securing government services or even communicating on a day-to-day basis.

The Digital Divide is real in Kansas City and the surrounding communities. The consequences of living without access to the internet and the skills required to use it are alarming. Consider the following:

  • Many employers require online job applications
  • Social Security information is moving to online-only access
  • Accessing the Health Insurance Marketplace requires a device and an Internet connection
  • Schools increasingly rely on electronic tools to educate our children
  • The Internet keeps people connected to their friends and family
  • A connection to the Internet leads to greater success finding employment

We want to ensure that all members of our community are digitally included. Read more about digital inclusion »

 


sources:
Google - The State of Internet Connectivity in KC
Pew Research Internet Project - The State of Digital Divides

 

How Bad is it?

70% of children in the Kansas City
School District do not have
Internet access in the home
17% &of Kansas Citians do not use
the Internet

 

44% 46% 42% 64%
are 65 and
older
are African
American
make
$25K a
year
have high
school
education
or less

Why don't people use the Internet?

  • Don't need or want it
  • It is too expensive
  • Do not have a reliable computer

sources: Google - The State of Internet Connectivity in KC. Pew Research Internet Project - The State of Digital Divides

 

How You Can Help

  • Volunteer your time and expertise
  • Donate used computers
  • Make a donation to the Digital Inclusion Alliance
  • Help spread the word about this important issue
  • Join the Coalition Now »

 

Selected Research on the Digital Divide