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Digital Equity

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

A recent U.S. Census survey shows that a significant amount of people struggle with Internet access across the country. Factors like race and income highlight a striking picture of the haves and the have-nots.
Clay Garner began working with San Jose in 2019 as a tech policy analyst. He replaces Jordan Sun as the city’s chief innovation officer and comes to the position with a commitment to digital inclusion.
Plus, Missouri names a new director for the state's Office of Broadband Development, a grant in the San Francisco area aims to expand digital skills training for incarcerated individuals, and more.
The Affordable Connectivity Program, created by the federal infrastructure bill, covers up to $30 a month of participants’ home broadband service and provides up to $100 to help purchase a device.
Plus, the public comment period is now open for the broadband programs within the new infrastructure bill; Maine has named the first leader for its broadband authority; and a New Jersey city works on digital inclusion.
A partnership between the city, local school district and local nonprofit EnFocus will expand its Citywide Classroom program with a five-year extension for students and coverage for all district employees.
The New York City Department of Correction has increased the use of tablets since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help offer information and resources to the individuals in custody within its facilities.
Plus, Iowa awards more than $200 million in federal broadband grant funding to rural communities; New York City puts out the call for Open Data Week civic tech programming proposals; and more.
Thanks to Kinetic by Windstream, approximately 8,980 residents in London and East Bernstadt will have access to Internet services through a $2 billion initiative to expand gigabit Internet service.
The Triangle Lake area and Triangle Lake Charter School will benefit from Lane County’s slice of the $5.2 billion the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced will be spent on rural infrastructure.