Thursday, July 30, 2020

Kansas City Digital Equity Redux

Another look at the local effort to bridge the "digital divide" that must not include all of the 1K iPhones I've been seeing all over town.

Take a look:

KCMO digital equity effort aimst to boost remote learning, work access for families, entrepreneurs

Economically distressed neighborhoods in Kansas City are at a bigger disadvantage than ever before, Rick Usher said, urging residents to combat digital inclusion as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the way Kansas Citians learn and work.

1 comment:

Byron Funkhouser said...

According to the article, there is plenty of bandwidth and opportunity to go digital at comparatively low prices and KC offers some of the best access in the country. What's the problem? If residents of economically depressed neighborhoods would prioritize their values differently, their wouldn't be any "digital disparity." As TKC points out, I bet kids and families have $1000 iPhones aplenty. How about we buy a $300 phone and pay for a laptop or a tablet so kids can actually use them for something more than Tik Tokking genital pics to their boyfriends? Get priorities. Pull up your pants. Get a job. Pay your bills. Function in society without marijuana and crime. Ensure your kids do well. That's all you have to do. A million people in the KC area do it every day.