Public Policy Initiatives

The state of digital equity

National/International Organizations

  1. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance, founded in May 2015 describe their organization as a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs.  We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public. Take a look at their site and consider joining. See NDIA’s recommendations to the federal government on digital inclusion as an example of their good work.
  2. The Benton Foundation has published a report on Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, available as Benton-Foundation-DI-Report
  3. There is an initiative called “ConnectHome” led by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working to accelerate broadband adoption by children and families living in HUD-assisted housing across the nation.  Due to security vulnerabilities, the has been taken down, but the updates should be wrapping up and the site relaunched soon (as of 3/21/2017).

Research Studies

The NDIA Digital Inclusion pilot project is working to develop a digital literacy curriculum repository. This effort has kicked off in 2017.

Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide also has an initiative underway to develop a Digital Divide Research and Resources Library to service as a repository for research and resources.

In the interim, here are a list of resources, particular focused on economic impact of digital training. A portion of the contributions were made in the context of NDIA discussion in July, 2016:

Lifeline Services and Broadband

For the latest information on Lifeline and Broadband, check out USAC’s Lifeline Modernization Implementation Newsletter.

The FCC is reconsidering the policy to extend  Lifeline’s monthly credit for low-income households to include broadband which was made in December of 2016. See this link for the Modernization document, and this link for the Order of Reconsideration revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider designations for 9 carriers. For reactions to the revocation, and other FCC policies see:

For additional perspectives on the original extension of lifeline to include broadband, see:

City- and State-based Initiatives

  1. Austin’s Digital Strategic Inclusion Plan
  2. There is an initiative in California to provide Internet for all, raised originally in the context of a Comcast-Time Warner merger
  3. The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion
  4. Minneapolis’s Digital Inclusion Page describing the efforts in their city
  5. New York efforts include
    1. City initiatives for broadband in public housing and universal broadband
    2. Statewide initiative to bring broadband to everyone by 2018
  6. Free Library of Philadelphia is holding a hearing on a resolution to offer mobile hotspot lending on Monday April 3
  7. Portland’s page on Broadband and Digital Equity
  8. The San Francisco Department of Technology’s page on Digital Inclusion
  9. Seattle has a mature and robust program for increasing digital literacy. Here are links to Seattle’s take on Digital Equity and  their Digital Equity Initiative.
  10. Kansas City has published a research paper on Community Learning Centers

If you are aware of others, please send us an email or use the contact form.

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