Smart city efforts send Wi-Fi rippling out to underserved KC neighborhoods

Additional free public Wi-Fi service is debuting in Kansas City, but it won’t be near downtown.

In an effort to connect underserved neighborhoods, the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, KC Digital Drive and Siklu have teamed up to give fast internet speeds to residents in three geographical areas. The areas will include three to four square miles and will cover areas of 31st Street and Troost Avenue, 34th Street and Forest Avenue and the Ivanhoe neighborhood.

The project aims to be an on-ramp to the internet by eliminating the cost barriers to getting online. The project also will teach community members how to install and maintain the network, giving them the skills that will lead to future job opportunities.

Kansas City’s Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett said the project works toward Kansas City’s goal of becoming the world’s smartest city within five years. Reaching that goal requires everyone to have access to the internet, he said.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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