On Wednesday, March 16th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance teamed up with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance for a two-hour, fast-paced webinar on the ways communities can accomplish digital equity goals called Building for Digital Equity: Demystifying Broadband Policy and Funding. It was just as fun to do as we hoped, and packed with speakers providing practical, easy-to-understand advice and a wonderful audience full of questions and additional information.
We heard from an array of people and about a host of projects, from Broadband Action Teams in Washington state, to coalitions in Maine, an update on the Digital Navigator model, mapping, talking to local governments, and a breakdown of the funding available to communities.
If you did not have a chance to leave feedback for us, please do it here - especially if you have ideas for segments in future events.
We also want to make sure you have links to all of the resources shared by the event speakers:
- NDIA's new Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook
- Sign up your digital inclusion coalition with NDIA
- See more about Thrive Regional Partnership
- See more about Maine's broadband boot camps here and here
- See more about the Digital Navigator model
- Rural and Tribal support for Digital Navigators programs is coming
- Check out the new Digital Equity funding Cheat Sheet here
- The Community Broadband Bits podcast is available on all podcast platforms (though Sean noted this specific Baltimore show) and the Connect This! Show (often in the broadband weeds) is usually live on Thursday evenings at 5pm ET.
Chris forgot to plug a transformative program, the Digital Equity Leadership Lab, and the great new case study by Dr. Colin Rhinesmith - but you can still find it here.
You can also sign up for the NDIA listserv and newsletter here and ILSR’s Community Broadband Network newsletter here to stay connected with digital equity events and news.
Watch the whole event below, or on NDIA's YouTube page.