Bank releasing comprehensive report on bridging the digital divide
Communities across the country are in an economic race, and broadband internet access is a critical element. Broadband allows businesses large and small to reach customers, farmers to deploy resource-saving technologies, and workers to learn critical job skills.
Lack of broadband, community advisors told the Kansas City Fed, is a major problem for many rural and low- and moderate-income communities. Now, after more than a year of research, the Bank later this summer will release a comprehensive report, “Disconnected: The Digital Divide and How to Fix It.”
The Kansas City Fed launched its digital inclusion project in early 2018 to outline issues related to the digital divide and identify innovative approaches that communities were taking to narrow it. Through a combination of community leader roundtables, one-on-one interviews and a national online survey, the Kansas City Fed engaged more than 150 community leaders.
“Disconnected” is not a technical report. It is written for laypersons to provide a complete understanding of digital inclusion and its relevance to community and economic development. Findings are organized by seven themes that emerged throughout the study. Each theme combines relevant research and statistics, as well as stories of how the issue plays out in our communities.
To learn more about this initiative and be alerted when the report is available, contact the Kansas City Fed’s Community Affairs staff at Digital@kc.frb.org.