We’re making digital inclusion a priority in all of Louisville’s neighborhoods—especially those in historically underserved areas. Today, participation in society relies on our ability to access and use the internet effectively. As more and more of modern life moves online, the gap between the digital haves and have-nots will only continue to widen. These divides mirror racial, socioeconomic, and geographic inequities in our community and nation as a whole. In order for Louisville to tap all of our region’s latent potential, we need to have a comprehensive response to digital inequity. Our areas of focus help us organize our projects and partnerships as we move ahead.
Strategic Focus Areas
Louisville will address the digital divide via three key strategic focus areas:
- Improving Connectivity
Expand access to the internet and broadband infrastructure for our entire community. To achieve digital inclusion, all citizens must be able to access affordable, convenient, reliable, fast, and full (not exclusively mobile) internet access. The problem is partly about infrastructure and partly about affordability. Internet access should be available in Louisville in the same way as water or electricity.
- Teaching Digital Skills
Train residents in digital skills to increase their employability and ability to participate in modern society.
- Providing Hardware
Work with partners to provide technology and technical support to in-need residents - Louisville citizens need adequate and affordable hardware, assistive technology and technical support for those devices. Gaps exist across racial and socioeconomic lines nationwide in terms of laptop and desktop ownership. To take advantage of job and community opportunities, all residents need reliable access to a computer, not just a smartphone