Covid

A page to host information about Covid-19 and digital inclusion. And some generally useful information during difficult times.

Last Updated: 28 May 2020 20:40 CDT

  1. NDIA has put together a great set of resources, including:
    • a Free/Low-cost Internet Plans page, designed to be helpful for digital inclusion practitioners, community leaders, service providers, libraries, media, and others who may be asked for guidance by clients and constituents.
    • State-wide COVID-19 Digital Inclusion Response Page to document resources, responses and strategies being used on a state level to help people get, and stay connected in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • a Local Government COVID-19 Digital Inclusion Response page to document resources, responses and strategies being used on a local level to help people get, and stay connected in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • A blog post describing the role of digital navigator (formerly discussed as digital case worker)
  2. Peer to Peer University has put together a handbook for virtual learning circles to help with running virtual community-based education programs
  3. Kansas City has an employer laptop challenge with information that can be applicable to other locations – https://www.kansascityfed.org/community/employer-laptop-challenge
  4. Though most of these resources are listed on the NDIA-managed pages listed above, here is a summary by state:
  5. How Your Community Can Quickly Connect the Unconnected from CLIC (Coalition for Local Internet Choice)
  6. National Skills Coalition page on of digital literacy stats, resources and local innovation to support local efforts and aid advocacy. It includes links to pages for industry-specific fact sheets
  7. Global Cities Team Challenge COVID-19 Resource list

Computer Access

  1. For access to a computer, see if there is an AFTRR-affiliated non-profit refurbisher in your area that provides free or low-cost computer equipment. If there isn’t an organization in your area that can assist, PCs for People sells low cost computers and LTE Modem/hotspot equipment and offers internet service  using the hotspot to recipients with income  below the 200% poverty level and to recipients currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program.
  2. For end-user access to broadband, EveryoneOn.org has updated their tool that identifies which programs are available for an individual, based on location and income/status. This tool will be tracking updates based responses to COVID-19.
  3. Our partner, Connected Nation has put together a page on resources and solutions to providing connectivity and a set of strategies for states to address challenges from a shelter in place
  4. page summarizing state-by-state response to COVID-19. Note that this is not specifically broadband related
  5. T-Mobile says due to school districts nationally reporting the potential need for students to attend from home/remote the following Empowered Program updates will be made available to K-12 School Districts under our Education offering:
    • Requires a 12 months commit
    • $10 plan – 2GB high speed data-  Hotspot hardware -$36
    • $20 plan  – Unlimited High Speed Data -$0 Hotspot hardware
  6. Note, in Portland and San Francisco school districts are covering Comcast internet essentials costs by having the district pay Comcast for the $10/month service. Ref
  7. Chairman Pai of the FCC has published Keep America Connected Pledge, encouraging companies to keep people connected without undo financial burden. For the latest list of companies that have signed on and related news, see Chairman Pai’s twitter feed on the topic
  8. a Covid-19 news update page from digivide.org

Supporting digital literacy

  1. NC –Digital Charlotte virtual literacy support
  2. Gigabit Libraries Network http://giglibraries.net/page-1712339 — recordings of library discussions about providing internet access during the pandemic

Resources for general coping

  1. Links to covid specific meditations – http://ivanborodin.com/
  2. Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’ – 6:30 (central) until 3:30 the next day   https://www.metopera.org/
  3. Broadway musicals – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag

General Information on Covid-19

  1. Our partner, Connected Nation has put together a page summarizing state-by-state response to COVID-19. Note that this is not specifically broadband related.
  2. Digital Charlotte has assembled a set of Digital Inclusion Response Resources for COVID-19