In 2006, Mayor Richard M. Daley created a Mayor’s Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide with the goal of bringing public, private and non-profit sector leaders together to create a policy framework for bridging technology haves and have-nots. Over a period of twelve months, the Advisory Council established working groups to examine current conditions, activities and best practices for bridging the digital divide. In addition to holding a series of public hearings, the Council surveyed and interviewed community-based organizations, workforce development groups, universities and senior Chicago-area corporate executives. The Advisory Council's work culminated into a 65-page document of comprehensive recommendations entitled The City That Networks: Transforming Society and Economy Through Digital Excellence.
In their report, the Advisory Council identified five key drivers to achieving digital excellence that have served as the framework for the City's Digital Excellence Initiative:
Based on these key drivers, the Advisory Council made a number of recommendations to "ensure universal digital access and to improve community, educational, economic and other outcomes."
The City embraces the Advisory Council's assertion that Chicago should work to become a "global leader in ensuring that its residents, its businesses and its communities are informed, connected and empowered through technology" and draws on their recommendations in its Digital Excellence Action Agenda.