Digital Inclusion gets a National Alliance!
Technology For All has joined with more than fifty organizations to help launch the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
From their website, http://www.digitalinclusionalliance.org/ : “The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs. We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.
We are leaders of local community organizations, public libraries and other institutions that are working hard to reduce digital disparities among our neighbors. To improve the daily lives of all community members, we call for public policies for digital inclusion that reflect what we’ve learned from experience.
Broadband adoption is most effectively promoted by community-driven efforts that combine:
Affordable home broadband service.
Public broadband access, and
Locally trusted technology training and support”
Will Reed leads Technology For All and says, “We are pleased to join this national effort. It is aligned with our mission to empower communities through the tools of technology, especially those that are low-income and under-served. Technology For All is known for its leadership on these issues across Texas and looks forward to doing its part to assist as we are able at the national level.”
Angela Seifer, executive director of the National DigitalInclusion Alliance outlines the vision for NDIA and highlights the need for NDIA at this time, “There is a clear need among non-profit organizations and libraries for a national broadband adoption advocacy organization. Three federal agencies (National Telecommunications and Information Administration [NTIA], Housing and Urban Development [HUD], Federal Communications Commission [FCC]), plus the White House, are focusing significant attention and possibly significant resources on broadband adoption. How significant the resources will be could depend upon strong advocacy by broadband adoption practitioners.” Her full blog post is here: http://www.digitalinclusionalliance.org/blog/2015/5/14/right-time
For more information, contact: Will Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.454.6400.