This initiative will help to sustain in-depth discussions around the adoption issue in the community by bringing together public-private partners., With the data gathered through this technology planning process, leaders will be able to focus on specific studies and solutions that will have the most positive impact on the community. There are several tasks the digital equity initiative can undertake depending on the needs identified in the community. Each task has its own implementation profile, but include: developing a community-based technology awareness program, promoting low-cost broadband service offerings; facilitating digital literacy training; making available low-cost devices; and identifying and expanding wireless hotspots in the community.
This initiative provides a foundation for overcoming the barriers to broadband adoption via outreach, awareness, access to affordable broadband services and devices, and digital skills training.
Action 1 - Create a digital inclusion task force composed of public and private stakeholders.
Action 2 - The digital equality initiative will seek programming options that address the digital divide for groups without an internet connection at home. The task force will use this plan to create a vision for advancing broadband adoption and assign responsibilities.
Action 3 - The task force will oversee the implementation of projects that will advance the adoption of broadband technologies for all residents.
Action 4 - After implementation, the task force will show results and shift plans in accordance with technology changes. Economic development, new jobs, and an improved quality of life will be achieved when a community experiences increased usage of computers and the internet, improved basic computer skills, increased use of technology in day-to-day operations of a community, and increased access to economic opportunities.
Community and business leaders; Civic leaders and organization members; Citizens; Local Government; Broadband Providers; Community Anchor Institutions
Mapping Community Wifi Access: http://tech.ed.gov/stories/mapping-community-wifi-access/
Community Wi-Fi – A Primer: http://www.cablelabs.com/community-wi-fi-a-primer/
Rights of Way Utility Manual: https://bit.ly/2WctAWj