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 disadvantaged in today’s digital society, facing challenges conducting business, accessing health information, gathering research, looking for employment, 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 »

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