NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program has added a new digital inclusion section to its website. This webpage compiles resources and program information from federal agencies as well as state and local governments that are working across the country to close gaps in broadband adoption and use, affordability, access to devices, and digital skills. NTIA is particularly pleased to announce this resource during Digital Inclusion Week.
This new online resource reflects BroadbandUSA’s efforts to promote digital inclusion through technical assistance, webinars, federal partnerships, and the BroadbandUSA Digital Inclusion Leaders Network (DILN) – a cohort of local and state government practitioners who share priorities and best practices. The digital inclusion webpage includes a Federal Resource list containing information about digital inclusion programs, publications, and data to complement the federal funding information in the BroadbandUSA Federal Funding Guide.
Although the digital divide is a longstanding issue, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the societal and economic costs of being disconnected. The rapid shift to online learning, healthcare, work, and social engagement has greatly challenged communities. Governments at all levels have acted to expand broadband access and adoption, distribute devices, and provide technical support and digital training. Learn more about some of these efforts at the upcoming BroadbandUSA Webinar: Digital Inclusion and K-12 Education: The Impact of COVID-19 on Students and Educators happening on October 21st.
This new section on the BroadbandUSA website will help federal agencies, states, and localities develop strategies and plans to address the digital divide. To learn more about BroadbandUSA Programs and get updates on NTIA and BroadbandUSA’s work, consult the BroadbandUSA website or follow us on Twitter @NTIAgov.