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Understanding Digital Inclusion
Understanding Digital Inclusion
FCC Broadband Map Challenge Process 101 - Newly Released FCC Maps Need Public Input by January 13!
On November 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the first draft of a new National Broadband Map, that displays where broadband internet services are - and are not - available across the country.
Why Is Public Input So Important?
The recently released National Broadband Map will help the federal government decide where it should direct many millions of federal dollars under the national Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is encouraging entities and individuals to submit their challenges before Jan. 13 to give the FCC time to process them and to make sure they are included in the final version of the map that will be used to set funding allocations for states.
Consumers, state, local and Tribal government entities, and other stakeholders can help verify the accuracy of the data shown on the map by filing challenges. An accurate map will help identify the unserved and underserved communities most in need of funding for high-speed internet infrastructure investments. The state of Michigan needs your help connecting our communities. Learn how to file location and availability challenges to the FCC's National Broadband Map from your computer.
Strategies and Programs to Increase Broadband Adoption and Use in Your Community
This is an excellent time to plan community digital inclusion projects because tens of millions of dollars in federal digital equity funds will flow to Michigan over the next few years.
Are you interested in starting a community digital inclusion program in your area? A community digital inclusion program is a local, grass-roots initiative that seeks to deliver to members of a community — especially for the benefit of those who are struggling, digitally disadvantaged and in particular need of help — services that fit in one or more of the following five categories. Below are some ideas that will help bridge the Digital Divide in your community.
Learn More About Each Strategy
Public Access Computers
Digital Skills and Readiness
Terms Associated with the Digital Divide
Digital Inclusion encompasses the activities necessary to ensure that individuals and communities have the tools and resources to access and meaningfully use the internet and related technology. Primary elements of advancing digital inclusion include:
- Access to reliable and affordable internet service
- Access to internet-enabled devices that meet a user’s needs
- Availability of basic digital literacy training and technical support
- Use of applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration
- Basic awareness of online safety and related matters
Digital EquityDigital Equity means the condition in which individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in the society and economy of the United States (Broadband Infrastructure Law - Page 1211).
Digital Literacy is the ability to use current technologies, such as smartphones and laptops, and internet access to research, create content and interact with the world. There are five key characteristics of a digitally literate person. The digitally literate person:
- Possesses the variety of skills — technical and cognitive — required to find, understand, evaluate, create and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats
- Can use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results and judge the quality of that information
- Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy and stewardship of information
- Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family and on occasion, the general public
- Uses these skills to participate in civic society actively and contribute to a vibrant, informed and engaged community
Equal AccessEqual Access means the equal opportunity to subscribe to an offered service that provides comparable speeds, capacities, latency, and other quality of service metrics in a given area, for comparable terms and conditions (Broadband Infrastructure Law – Pg 817).
Table on Contents
- Broadband or High-Speed Internet?
- Overview of Broadband in USA
- NTIA Bipartisan in USA
- NTIA Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Broadband Funding Programs
- The Life of an Internet Packet
- Broadband Key Terms
- Broadband Connection Types
- Broadband Economics
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