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Digital Equity Articles & Research 6/10

Katherine VanHenley

Jun 10, 2024

Digital Equity Zones,Reshaping our thinking about ACP, BEAD Funding and more

Destination Crenshaw's Digital Equity Zone

Destination Crenshaw's community-led approach and holistic vision of digital equity is inspiring and may prove instructive for other metro areas left on the wrong side of the digital divide, working now to create solutions to access and affordability issues.

The story explains what Destination Crenshaw is doing, how they got into digital equity, and how they are addressing digital discrimination, broadband access, and affordability.

Ten Things About ACP that Ted Cruz Cares About—

And Ten Answers that Could Help Reshape How We Think About the Program

On May 2, 2024, New Street Research Policy Advisor and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Blair Levin testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband at a hearing entitled The Future of Broadband Affordability. In addition to his testimony and answers delivered during a Q&A with senators on the panel, Levin recently submitted written responses to a number of questions from the subcommittee. Below and in the forthcoming series of articles, we share both the questions from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the full Senate Commerce Committee, and Levin's answers.

WDC & Comcast Support BEAD Fund Grants

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) has announced an effort to utilize Digital Navigators to advance digital equity in preparation for upcoming BEAD-supported programs. Collaborating with various digital equity partners, WDC has also joined forces with Comcast, who has generously donated $60,000, to support the deployment of two Digital Navigators at WorkSource locations.

Technology Access and Adoption Summary Report

The City of Seattle believes that striving for digital equity and increasing access to technology improves the quality of life in our city. The Technology Access and Adoption Study has been commissioned since 2000, and the 2024 study report marks the sixth time

this research has been conducted.

New NTIA Data Show 13 Million More Internet Users in the U.S. in 2023 than 2021

"Results from the latest NTIA Internet Use Survey point to significant progress toward achieving Internet for All, as 13 million more people used the Internet in the United States in 2023 compared with just two years earlier.

Working to achieve digital equity in the United States has long been at the core of NTIA’s mission. Whether we’re implementing vital programs to improve availability, adoption, and meaningful use of the Internet, advocating for policies that make modern technologies more accessible to all Americans, or promoting digital equity, NTIA is committed to enabling widespread use of the Internet for communicating, learning, sharing ideas, and growing the economy. "

A Human Approach to Closing the Digital Divide

A Boston Consulting Group Study published in 2022 regarding how Digital Navigators can help bridge the digital divide.

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