Connecting Neighbors

Connecting Neigbors

Connecting Neighbors-UNI is pilot effort to bridge digital deficiencies in Kansas City's underserverd community. This is a community based project to build a wireless network that will advance digital skills to enhance our community ability to compete in the digital age. KC Digital Drive partnership has leveraged their relationship with wireless equipment vendors to acquire carrier grade equipment to build the network under the technical guidance of the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center (DLC). Partnership established with KCPS, to supplement instructions for students in the Cisco Pathway program at Manuel Career Technical (MCTC). These students will be trained to build and maintain this network.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative Project


Operational Links

Gregg Tabernacle AME (GREGG)
Historic Lincoln Building (HLINC)
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council (INC)
Kansas City Neighborhood Academy(KCNA)
Lincoln Preparatory Academy (LINC)
Manuel Career Tech Center (MCTC)
Reconciliation Service (RS)

In Work

Central Middle School (CMS)
Victory Life Church (VLC)
W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center (DLC)


Skill Development
Basic Cable Technician
PC Repair

Forward by Irinia Bokova, UNESCO "Working Group on Education: Digital Skills for Lief & Work, September 2017

  • People speak of the emergence of a new generation of ‘digital natives’ as if this is inevitable. It isn’t — we see new divides emerging and old gaps widening, notably for girls and women. To be truly empowering, new technologies must stand on two pillars. Firstly, they must be inclusive, bridging gaps, not widening them. Secondly, they must be underpinned by respect for human rights and dignity. In this context, the imperative of fostering digital literacy for all has never been so important.
  • From the work for the National Broadband Plan, we learned that cost, digital skills, and relevance are the reasons people cite for not having home service. It's time to cross relevance off the list. A lot more non-adopters say in 2015 that having service at home is important than did in 2010. We didn't explore digital skills as a barrier in this research -- but I can assure (from research I have underway that will come out in the 1Q of '16) that digital skills still matter a lot to adoption & use. -- {SHLB} Pew Research states relevance can be crossed off the list of broadband adoption barriers.