Awareness

Educate policymakers, the media, and potential partners about the need for digital equity and the work of local digital inclusion programs.

Net Inclusion 2020 | Portland, OR | April 7-9, 2020

Net Inclusion, NDIA’s annual conference, brings together digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss:

  • local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity,
  • sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs,
  • and digital inclusion best practices from across the country.

Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week is an international annual online event designed to highlight individual communities’ work on digital inclusion. DIW aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.

Recent Panels with Angela

U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks virtually hosted, “Connecting Michigan: From Internet Inequality to Digital Equity” which explored how the digital divide has exacerbated already existing inequities throughout Michigan. The panelists discuss how these inequalities impact both cities and rural areas of Michigan, how these areas mirror the same struggles across the county and what solutions need to be taken.

Angela Siefer, NDIA’s Executive Director, travels all over the country to speak at different conferences about digital inclusion. Check out the NDIA Newsletter Archive for more information on past speaking engagements.

 

White Paper - National Digital Inclusion Alliance

NDIA releases White Papers on important digital inclusion topics including:

  • Smart Cities and Digital Equity: Some Cities Have Found Ways to Pursue Both, but Federal Policy May Hinder Progress
  • White Paper: Tier Flattening: In recent years AT&T and Verizon have eliminated their cheaper rate tiers for low and mid-speed Internet access, except at the very slowest levels. This policy of upward “tier flattening” raises the cost of Internet access for urban and rural AT&T and Verizon customers who only have access to the oldest, slowest legacy infrastructure.

To see other White Papers, check out NDIA’s Publications page.

Infographics

Everyone Needs Internet Infographic

EVERYONE NEEDS INTERNET

All data in this infographic are from the U.S. Census’ 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates or 5-Year Estimates.

  • Total U.S. households with no home broadband subscription of any type — 1-Year Estimates, Table B28002
  • U.S. households with no home broadband of any type located in urban vs. rural areas: NDIA calculation based on…
    • Percentages of U.S. households with no home broadband of any type in urban and rural areas — 1-Year Estimates, Table GCT2801
    • Numbers of U.S. households located in urban and rural areas — 5-Year Estimates, Table S1901
  • U.S. households with no home broadband of any type by household income — 1-Year Estimates, Table B28004

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