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HENC Leaders Propose Plan to Bridge Digital Divide

The advent of this exciting new technology Google Fiber set to launch in the Greater Kansas City Area is destined to transform Internet connectivity for the next decade.  However as a community it stands to widen the already vast digital divide that exists in Kansas City, MO.  Historically Troost Avenue has been the racial and socioeconomic dividing line in Kansas City.  We have a profound opportunity to do something exceptional in our day and time that will transform the lives of children in Kansas City’s East Side for generations.  This requires all involved to be sensitive to the concerns and strive to answer the question, of “How not why?”

As a community the Historic East Neighborhoods Coalition, Kansas City Public Schools, Southeast Coalition, LINC, the Kansas City Public Library, and the City of Kansas City, MO wish to partner with Google Fiber to create 21st Century Learning Environments for the children in east Kansas City, MO.  This can be accomplished by bringing fiber into the schools, L. H. Bluford and Southeast Branches of the library and the Southeast Community Center without the current pre-registration requirement.  Bluford has met the requirement which is fantastic but the Southeast Branch still lags behind.  The requirements for pre-registration are well thought out but it is met with a multitude of challenges to connectivity for communities such as East Kansas City.  Age, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity all play a role in creating this digital divide.  This can be eliminated if we can explore this possible solution. 

  1. Installing Fiber in our schools would open up endless possibilities for learning and communication.  Parents and guardians can utilize Google's tablets or notebooks to stay connected to their children's education through KCPS's new Power School program.
  2. Create Fiber Spaces in Lucille H. Bluford and the Southeast Branch Libraries where persons can come and experience the products without traveling to State Line.  The libraries have an incredible amount of traffic which would increase sales immediately.

Participating Institutions

  1. Wendell Phillips Elementary
  2. Crispus Attucks Elementary
  3. Phyllis Wheatley Elementary
  4. Faxon Elementary
  5. Lee A. Tolbert Charter
  6. George Melcher Elementary
  7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
  8. Genesis School
  9. Carver Dual Language Elementary
  10. Central Academy of Excellence
  11. Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
  12. East High School
  13. Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
  14. Benjamin Banneker Elementary
  15. African-Centered College Preparatory
  16. Satchel Paige Elementary
  17. Holliday Montessori
  18. Southeast Branch KC Public Library
  19. Southeast Community Center
  20. Lucille H. Bluford Public Library


Current status of Fiberhood Pre-Registrations
Fiberhood Connectivity under HENC Plan










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