Digital Equity & Inclusion
Digital Equity is no longer optional.
Digital Equity means that all individuals and communities have the information technology, access and tools needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
DIgital access is necessary to be able to maintain employment, access education, access education, medical services, and have financial security. CMRB is working to bridge that gap in our communities.
Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
This includes five elements:
1. Affordable, robust broadband internet service;
2. Internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user;
3. Access to digital literacy training;
4. Quality technical support; and
5. Applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration.
Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.
Digital Inclusion for everyone
CMRB is available to help expand the reach of digital inclusion within your community. We can assist with public-private efforts to expand broadband services and help develop ways for more people to get connected and educated, to safely navigate the world in this digital age.
We can provide the following:
Assistance with broadband infrastructure, planning, and grants
Help community members get more affordable internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
Connect with educational and training resources through partnerships such as with the National Digital Equity Center
Provide access to technology and tech support