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Digital Equity

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

Research has shown that the Citi Bike bike-share program in New York City is predominantly used by men. How can local areas ensure a public transit system serves everyone? Experts weigh in.
In total, the $14.8 million in funding from the federal government will support 3,081,131 devices and 774,115 broadband connections and help connect more than 3.6 million students throughout the state.
Plus, Bloomberg Philanthropies teams with the U.S. Conference of Mayors on new federal recovery dollars partnership, and more.
Five towns in Maine — Searsmont, Liberty, Palermo, Montville and Freedom — have joined together as part of a coalition to create a municipal broadband utility for residents of Waldo County.
The program was developed in response to the pandemic, when the extended campus closures exposed how many students were not able to participate in online classes and programs because they had no access to mobile devices.
The First State has identified 11,600 homes lacking wired broadband service, and CIO Jason Clarke says fresh federal funds will enable the last-mile connections needed to reach everyone.
Plus, the U.S. Census Bureau makes its 2020 count data related to redistricting available in an easier to read format, a Los Angeles digital equity program offers a new IT certificate, and more.
The private cellular network company has partnered with cities such as Tucson, Ariz., to establish and manage new 5G/LTE networks to close the digital divide and give schools control over their users.
An interim rule from the U.S. Treasury Department may prevent cities from using federal coronavirus relief funds on broadband expansion efforts. A final rule could be determined in the fall.
Launched in June, the Public Education Department’s program has helped 110 school districts, tribal-affiliated and charter schools apply for more than $65 million in federal aid. A new application window starts Sept. 28.