In March Fox4 television in Kansas City, Missouri (KCTV) reported “The metro is getting a reputation for being home to the world’s fastest internet, but many say it also highlights the growing digital divide between those who can afford it and those who can’t.”
Google Fiber had selected Kansas City as the first to receive Fiber High Speed Internet, but the Urban League of Greater Kansas City says these efforts come up short. The report they submitted to the city shows 1/3 of black and Hispanic households don’t have the internet, and googles efforts to connect low-income neighborhoods failed.
In 2012 Google launched its fast Internet service in Kansas City hoping to close the digital divide there, but a survey conducted for the Wall Street Journal in 2014 suggests the company is far from achieving that goal. Resulting in a widening of the Digital Divide in the city.
Included in KC households not connected were many senior citizens, but now a company is at least helping them learn to use products of technology. Visiting Angels is a business who’s ‘Senior Surfing 101’ program aims to bridge the gap and teach older adults to text, Skype, Facebook and more.
Younger generations often lose touch with grandparents and adults as they get older due to the way each generation likes to communicate.
Read Article (Staff | fox4kc.com | 08/25/2015)
The digital divide is heartless and widening, being on the wrong side of it has very real consequences’. We must assist those that want to bridge this gap every chance we get.
Hopefully, efforts to connect KC’s low-income neighborhoods find success but in the meantime maybe wireless can help.
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