Chicago works to close digital divide

July 21, 2009 3:30:59 PM PDT
Chicago is working to close the digital divide between rich and poor neighborhoods.A new study by University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Iowa found that 25 percent of all Chicagoans do not use the internet. Another 15 percent have only limited access.

To improve access, Mayor Daley declared four neighborhoods 'digital excellence demonstration communities' on Tuesday.

Englewood, Auburn, Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Pilsen will get training and technology, including a broadband infrastructure.

"When we make modern computer internet technology available across Chicago, we're giving every person in Chicago the same chance for a good life. We're improving our children's education, we're working to end poverty we're creating a more modern and sophisticated work force," said Mayor Daley.

Funding will come from federal stimulus money as well as donations from Microsoft, the MacArthur Foundation and other organizations.


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