For almost thirty years, Gary Neal Johnson has been visited by ghosts each holiday season in the Kansas City Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol. Randy Mason welcomes the veteran actor currently rehearsing for Ebeneezer Scrooge as well as for Willy Loman for the upcoming production of A Death of a Salesman. Mayors and thought leaders from around the country met in Kansas City last week at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as part of the CityAge summit The New American City.The Local Show was there to capture some of the conversation. In an effort to stay competitive with Google Fiber, Time Warner Cable announced that it will begin offering an cheap internet plan for low income families. And finally this week, Randy Mason talks to Dr. Jacqueline Chanda about all things Kansas City Art Institute.
While we were busy with the KCPT membership drive last week, Kansas City Mayor Sly James was busy saving America’s urban cities.
More than a dozen U.S. Mayors rolled into town along with political and thought leaders from around the country. They were convening at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the CityAge Summit on The New American City.
Kansas City is only the third place, and the first U.S. city, where CityAge has held a summit. The first two have been in Canada.
The Kansas City event wound up attracting more than 550 people from 259 organizations and 73 cities. Producer Justin Bond eavesdropped on some of the sights and sounds of the two-day convention that included a nod to Kansas City’s musical heritage.
Much has been made in the news lately about Google Fiber finally hooking up Kansas City homes to its hotly-anticipated high speed network, but there are still lingering concerns about who will be left behind.
A survey this summer found that a quarter of Kansas Citians don’t have broadband Internet access at home. While Google is offering free internet service for a $300 hook-up fee in those neighborhoods that are lucky enough to be part of its roll-out area, that still leaves huge swaths of the metro area without affordable service.
Now Time Warner Cable is getting in on the act by announcing, at a big press conference with both Kansas City Mayor’s, a less than 10 dollar-a-month internet service intended for low income families living in nine area school districts.
Time Warner’s $9.95-a-month plan will allow anyone with a child enrolled in any of these school districts and who’s currently not a Time Warner customer to take advantage of the discount program.
You have until the end of January to apply. We’ll acknowledge that if you don’t have a computer, you won’t be able to check there. Here’s the telephone number in case you want to take advantage of this service: 1-855-746-8704.