The Mayor and City Council will hear a presentation on two detailed studies on digital disparities in our community. The presentations will focus on these communities broadly in a study from national digital inclusion expert Dr. John Horrigan who worked on a study commissioned by the Kansas City Public Library and the Schools Health Libraries and Broadband Coalition (SHLB) released in December of 2019.
KSHB aired a story this morning describing the important work of Connecting for Good during the coronavirus outbreak.
They are currently seeking donations of computers, keyboards, monitors and other peripherals to provide low-income families with much needed tools to conduct business, connect with others and attend school. You can read and watch the story here >
At the March 6 meeting of the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion, we are hearing from several Internet Service Providers about their options for low-cost connectivity. As we learned from last year's study on broadband adoption, many residents still aren't aware of these opportunities and many cite cost as a major factor in securing internet access in their homes.
Kansas City has been a national leader in promoting digital inclusion ever since it became the first Google Fiber city in 2011. Kansas City created the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion, and KC Digital Drive has hosted several events highlighting the city's high-tech growth. Yet the impact of these activities on residential broadband adoption, especially among low-income families, was not clear.
The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusions was pleased to welcome newly-appointed FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to our last meeting. He made some remarks and took a number of questions from the Coalition membership. We were pleased to see him vocalized support for both the Lifeline and E-Rate programs and appears to be a committed champion of digital inclusion.
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"NDIA today published six interactive maps showing the percentages of households with wireline broadband connections, and the percentage of households with no home Internet connection of any kind, for every Census tract in the United States.
A new survey and study by Purdue University Center for regional Development was released recently, titled Gauging Household Digital Readiness.
This report develops a digital readiness profile and analyzes the data by metro and non-metro respondents.
The report was created by Roberto Gallardo and Maria Wiltse.