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Digital Equity

Stories about government digital equity, digital inclusion and other related work in communities to bridge the digital divide.

City officials say the recent request for proposals to build a fiber broadband network has seen significant interest from Internet service providers. The deadline for proposals is the end of the week.
The city’s approach to digital equity involves several different programs and partnerships managed through the Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs office. This work has helped to solidify the region as a tech capital.
A partnership in the California county is connecting 50 families with no-cost Starlink Internet service as part of a larger effort to address disparities in Internet access for students in rural communities.
CIO Tarek Tomes discusses the guiding principles of his strategy for Minnesota IT Services, the rollout of the state's streamlined benefits portal and how putting citizen experience first drives digital equity.
High school students involved with the Georgia 4-H Tech Changemakers program this year worked with local governments and organizations to deliver digital literacy training to a record 5,488 adults.
The funding comes from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program that was created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and will go toward extending service in underserved parts of the state.
Plus, new bipartisan legislation at the federal level is taking aim at increasing access to rural broadband, Pennsylvania is working to expand broadband across the entirety of the commonwealth, and more.
State and local efforts to expand residential broadband to 53 un- and underserved communities have now brought full service to 44 of them and partial services to the others. The state also announced several new initiatives.
In our look back at 2022, March and April headlines tracked how states and localities were expanding high-speed Internet and pushing digital equity initiatives, while also meeting the growing demand for online services.
The findings, compiled by a contractor, outlined an important blueprint about what needs the county should focus on moving forward, officials said. It also gives the county credibility as it competes for grant funding.