Our function is to help bring about a Digitally Equitable society by proactively seeking and serving those who are disadvantaged or underserved in their ability to make use of available technology.
Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.
Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
"We must start addressing at-home internet access as a civil rights emergency in need of a comprehensive solution." ---BENTON INSTITUTE
Digital Inclusion is most effectively promoted by community-driven efforts that combine: Affordable home broadband service, Public broadband access, and Locally trusted technology training and support.
Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This includes 5 elements:
1) affordable, robust broadband internet service;
2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user;
3) access to digital literacy training;
4) quality technical support;
5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency.
Our services are free to those who have suffered economic, educational and/or employment setbacks due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.