Nearly half of households in St. Louis City and County are impacted by at least one aspect of the digital divide. The St. Louis Digital Divide is best understood by examining and addressing five key components any of which can prevent an individual or family from adequate connectivity. The components are 1) coverage; 2) quality; 3) service affordability; 4) device affordability; and, 5) digital literacy and mentoring.
Amelia Bond, CEO of The St. Louis Community Foundation, and Kristen Sorth, Director and CEO of the St. Louis County Library joined the conversation to discuss the report and provide ways to address the challenge that has been identified. Coordination and investment from local leaders and unprecedented federal funding uniquely position St. Louis to address the digital divide and ensure that all St. Louisans have the opportunity to thrive in an increasingly digital society.