2017 is a City election year. Mayor Jackson is the front runner in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but he has a lot of opponents, including some relatively strong ones. Most City Council Members also have one or more opponents. The primary will take place September 12, and the general election on November 7.
This election is a unique opportunity to get the digital exclusion of tens of thousands of Cleveland citizens recognized as a priority target for City action. The campaign is an opportunity to turn affordable broadband access and funding for community technology into questions that the candidates must answer. The answers they give can shape the possibilities for City action and leadership on digital inclusion in 2018 and beyond. Read more
Cleveland City Council’s special “Digital Inclusion Week” hearing last Wednesday drew a standing-room-only crowd in support of City support for community digital inclusion efforts.
The hearing — convened jointly by Council’s Committees on Health and Human Services, Utilities, Workforce and Community Benefits, and Development, Planning & Sustainability — was organized and led by Health and Human Services Chairman (and Ward 14 Councilman) Brian Cummins. Eleven of Council’s other sixteen members were present to hear at least some of the two hours of testimony.*
Read Cleveland Scene’s thorough coverage (“Strapped with Low Internet Access, Cleveland Takes a Close Look at How to Solve Digital Divide”).
Next week, May 8-13, is National Digital Inclusion Week.
As part of this national event, Cleveland City Council has scheduled a special committee hearing on “where Cleveland stands relative to the country in terms of digital inclusion, and what efforts can be taken to empower under-connected communities through increased internet access and usage.”
The hearing is set for next Wednesday, May 10, from 10 am to noon in the Council Committee Room on the second floor of Cleveland City Hall.
This hearing will be the City’s first official public inquiry into Cleveland’s dismal standing as one of the nation’s worst-connected cities, and the many creative initiatives by our city’s institutions and community organizations to address the situation.
For more information — especially if you’re in Cleveland want to testify or help fill the hearing room — please contact email@example.com.