Digital Inclusion Week in Cleveland

During the week of May 8th, Cleveland participated in Digital Inclusion Week (DIW), a national initiative that seeks to promote online access and technology skill-building in efforts to reduce digital disparities in communities.

The week included roundtable discussions, city council meetings and talks surrounding the problems of digital inclusion in the city Cleveland. Among topics covered were AT&T's redlining of neighborhoods, DigitalC's Connect the Unconnected Program and statistical and analytical work regarding the issues of connection, employment, and education. 

National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) initiated Digital Inclusion Week across the country to pinpoint and bring about alliances among communities in order to address issues of connectivity equality for everyone. NDIA advocates an inclusive digital entry point if we are to give everyone a chance to enter into the digital economy. 

DigitalC hosted a ribbon cutting for its Connect The Unconnected Program at CMHA's Cedar High Rise to launch America's first high-speed broadband (as defined by the FCC) Internet access in public housing. The internet access serves as a backbone to our Restart Program, a digital skills training program for qualified Cleveland populations. 

These two programs are supported in partnership with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) as well as our many partners teaching the courses for digital literacy and skills training.