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Legislation #: 200411 Introduction Date: 6/4/2020
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: MAYOR LUCAS
Title: Directing the City Manager to develop and implement public-private partnerships to effectuate digital equity for residents, students and small businesses in Kansas City, Missouri.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
6/3/2020 Filed by the Clerk's office
6/4/2020 Referred to Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Comm
6/10/2020 Be Adopted
6/11/2020 Assigned to Third Read Calendar
6/18/2020 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 200411

 

Directing the City Manager to develop and implement public-private partnerships to effectuate digital equity for residents, students and small businesses in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2017, the City Council adopted the Digital Equity Strategic Plan through Resolution No. 170097 to ensure all residents have equal access to the digital economy; and

 

WHEREAS, there are 36 internet service providers in Kansas City, Missouri, including five internet service providers offering speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps; and

 

WHEREAS, there are four wireless services providers in Kansas City offering the fastest wireless networks in the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of Missouri has established a Broadband Development Office within the Missouri Department of Economic Development to encourage and promote the development of Broadband access throughout the State of Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, 94% of the residents, students and small businesses in Kansas City have access to multiple internet service providers and wireless services providers offering competitive pricing as well as free or low-cost subscription plans for low-income residents; and

 

WHEREAS, the Health Department Community Health Improvement Plan highlights Internet access as a means to economic mobility for residents of the City’s LifeX zip codes; and

 

WHEREAS, through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome Program in 2017, Google Fiber installed symmetric gigabit Internet services within Kansas City Housing Authority owned properties and continues to provide free Internet services to 835 families residing in five properties; and

 

WHEREAS, despite these organized efforts to increase internet adoption and use for economic mobility, the December 2019 report, “Digital Divide Closing But Still Challenging in Kansas City,” co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library and the Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition, found the rate of Internet adoption among low-income residents remains slightly below the national average; and

 

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic and required emergency orders necessary to contain the spread of the pandemic have disproportionately impacted residents, students and small businesses in these LifeX zip codes who do not enjoy digital equity; and

 

WHEREAS, the Urban League of Kansas City and the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion are working collaboratively with the community to address this digital divide; NOW THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager is directed to develop and implement public-private partnerships to effectuate digital equity so that residents, students and small businesses:

  

a.                   Are able to subscribe to reasonably priced, reduced-cost or free internet and/or wireless services providing not less than the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) broadband definition of 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload speeds;

 

b.                  Have access to free and/or low-cost personal computers, laptops, tablets and related hardware; and

 

c.                   Have access to training, education and technical support necessary to achieve economic mobility through distance learning, remote work, and entrepreneurship.

 

Section 2. That the City Manager shall report to the City Council on the progress of the implementation of this effort no later than September 1, 2020.

 

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