Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate DigitalC’s
Connect the Unconnected Program Launching at CMHA on May 11

DigitalC’s Connect the Unconnected program wires CMHA building so all 156 units have wireless Internet connection speeds of 25 megabits per second

On Thursday, May 11 at 3:30 - 5:00pm, DigitalC, Cleveland’s civic tech collaborative, along with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the launch of DigitalC’s Connect the Unconnected program by providing America’s 1st FCC-defined high-speed broadband connection in public housing. The ceremony will take place in the Community Room, Cedar Ext High Rise, 2320 East 30th Street, Cleveland, OH.

Connect the Unconnected is a pilot program designed to help close the digital divide in Cleveland by addressing the three pillars of the digital divide: high-speed internet connectivity, digital literacy training, and a device for access once training is complete. Cedar Ext High Rise is the first CMHA building with all units in the building receiving Internet connection speeds of 25 megabits per second.

Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of CMHA, shared the importance of this milestone for the residents, "High speed, affordable broadband access is so important to everyone living in public housing. Our partnership with DigitalC and the coalition of technology partners they have assembled is just the beginning of our digital efforts. Our goal is to make sure that every resident has an opportunity to have access to, as well as learn how to navigate through the internet and to provide ongoing support."

“An Internet connection is crucial for many important tasks in daily life,” says Lev Gonick, DigitalC CEO. “Sixty to eighty percent of all jobs require you to apply online. If you need to check your healthcare record, you must check it online. Online access is critical to today’s job market.”

In addition to CMHA, DigitalC collaborated with a number of partner organizations on this project: Siklu, provider of millimeter wave wireless connectivity; Actelis, a telecommunications leader contributing high-speed bandwidth over existing copper wires; local internet service provider, Everstream; and RET3, a local computer refurbishing who provided wireless routers and computers to Cedar residents.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Barbara Brown - 216-225-4834
barbara.brown@digitalc.org