Libraries, community-based organizations, local governments, housing authorities and others in cities across the country have organized coalitions to cooperatively address equitable access and use of communication technologies. This Guidebook, assembled by NDIA, reflects lessons learned from six established community-wide digital inclusion coalitions.
Getting connected includes getting equipment and broadband access. Subpages on this site include:
- Resources for refurbishers – information on setting up a program and running one.
- Low cost access options – for nonprofits, schools and libraries as well as for end-user clients
- Starting a refurbishing program – several start-up guides are available and a video.
- Public policy initiatives – a variety of organizations, research studies and initiatives
- PBDD-Connected Nation partnership – Connected Nation has a variety of initiatives around the country to improve digital inclusion.
Location-specific offers for computers, Internet access and training are available through EveryoneOn.org. While in some situations, there are free computers available, most of the computers on the site are low-cost, not free. The same is true of the Internet offers. But it’s a good location-specific place to start.
Bill Callahan of Connect Your Community has put together a Map of NDIA affiliates providing broadband adoption services. Locate one in your area.
There are a number of low cost access options available for end-users as well as nonprofits, schools and libraries. Read about it here.
Public Policy Initiatives are available here.