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Closing the Digital Divide in KC, One Neighborhood at a Time

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Some folks believe that building a fast broadband network automatically closes the digital divide. In reality, it is the sweat equity and creativity of individuals that closes the divide in the poorest communities. The Rosedale Ridge low-income housing development is the recipient of a three-step program that could be a model for other un-served and underserved communities.

Michael Liimatta, President of the nonprofit Connecting for Good, describes how his organization became a service provider for Rosedale Ridge, delivering free 50 Mbps wireless service. He coordinated with The Sunflower Group to donate 100 laptops for residents. And finally, Connecting for Good is opening a 3000-square-foot headquarters where residents can get hands-on computer training.

Listeners get important tips to help communities plan their own broadband adoption and digital inclusion programs. Liimatta also discusses a few ideas for financial sustaining the program after initial grants monies run out.

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