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Digital Equity

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

Plus, Texas creates a new division that will oversee the Broadband Development Office, the federal government has awarded nearly $7.7 million to tribal groups developing community broadband plans, and more.
The newly formed Latah County Broadband Coalition in Idaho hopes that even residents who live in the most remote areas of the county will have access to high-speed Internet in the future.
The recent American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., saw a gathering of librarians and the companies that sell them tech products for their work, some of which provide a glimpse of the future.
The BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator program is a collaborative effort between BroadbandOhio, Heartland Forward, the Benton Institute and The Ohio State University Office of Extension.
Southport, Maine, an archipelago town of just 600 residents located off Boothbay Harbor, has now seen mailers and digital ads linked to the incumbent Internet provider and allies as a vote nears.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced that the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians will receive more than $1.2 million to expand high-speed Internet access on its reservation lands.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has discriminated against users by restricting who can view housing ads based on certain demographics. Now, the company is in the process of fixing it.
The Latah County Broadband Coalition will focus on addressing Internet infrastructure needs throughout the county with an emphasis on identifying federal, state and local funding streams to further connectivity goals.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot also put two leaders in charge of the effort, including a city data specialist reporting to her office. The new effort builds upon a push to give more students Internet access at their homes.
Plus, Texas has released its initial 2022 broadband plan; Kentucky is investing more than $200 million in high-speed Internet; the GSA has announced its first cohort of 40 U.S. Digital Corps fellows; and more.