About NDIA

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.

We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public. 

NDIA occupies a unique role among organizations engaged with technology and broadband development issues. NDIA is committed to faithfully reflect the perspectives and interests of local digital inclusion practitioners and advocates, while operating with a professional understanding of: 

  • the historical and political landscapes in which our affiliates operate
  • the complexities of telecommunications regulation
  • the evolving technologies and tools involved
  • the evolving research and data shaping programs and policy strategies

How We Work

NDIA combines grassroots community engagement with technical knowledge, research, and coalition building to advocate on behalf of people working in their communities for digital equity.

NDIA’s Four Pillars

  • Support on-the-ground digital inclusion practitioners and advocates. 
  • Advocate for local, state and federal policies to promote digital equity and support local digital inclusion strategies.
  • Educate policymakers, the media, and potential partners about the need for digital equity and the work of local digital inclusion programs.
  • Conduct, support and promote data-gathering and research that can inform public understanding, public policy and community strategies related to digital inclusion and equity. 

 

Angela Siefer’s testimony on Nov. 7, 2018 in a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Communications, Technology, Innovation. Senators examined advancing the use of the internet of things in rural communities. In testimony, Siefer said, “The first step toward such a strategy is to improve access and adoption data.”

NDIA Executive Director Angela Siefer and representatives of two NDIA affiliates were witnesses at the first-ever Congressional hearing focused on digital equity, held on Wednesday, January 29 2020 by the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

In the Media

Broadband access isn't just a rural issue. We need a national solution.

Op-Ed by Angela Siefer and Francella Ochillo (Next Century Cities)
From The Tennesean October 12th, 2019

"You can’t tell me that 15 million people don’t think the internet is useful" - Angela Siefer

'“The cruel irony of the digital divide” in Colorado: Urban poor are left behind even as access, technology improves' The Colorado Sun, September 6th, 2019