Oakland tries to conquer digital divide

April 28, 2011 1:28:02 PM PDT
The city of Oakland is launching an initiative aimed at providing every low-income resident with internet access, training and technical support. That will give adults a tool to find jobs and students the ability to research information online for homework.

Mayor Jean Quan fully supports Get Connected Oakland's goal of eliminating the digital divide in Oakland. According to Quan, 50 percent of the city's low-income residents are without high-speed internet and they are the people that need it the most to access education, health and government services.

Get Connected Oakland will offer computer classes at Oakland Technical Exchange and, where needed, computers will be given to needy groups.

Quan Thursday presented a proclamation reinforcing the city's commitment to the effort.