COVID-19 Resources

Organizations that already focused on access to the internet and devices (public use and in the home) plus digital literacy training, now find themselves working around the clock.  Organizations that did not provide this digital inclusion programming now find themselves figuring out how to do so, again around the clock. Most of this work is local and none of them have enough resources.

NDIA is:

  1. Facilitating virtual spaces for information sharing
  2. Relaying on the ground experiences and federal resource needs to the media
  3. Advocating for local, state and federal resources

Community Calls

To help our community stay informed during this chaotic time – NDIA is hosting Community Zoom calls the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 1 PM ET. During these calls, we will share national resources and on-the-ground strategies for providing digital inclusion services during this health crisis.

REGISTER HERE if you would like to join.

The onset of a global health pandemic has put a spotlight on digital inclusion. NDIA is documenting State Government Responses and Local Government Responses to encourage other governments to address access to the internet (particularly at home), personal computers and tablets, and tech assistance. These initiatives are in addition to the FCC’s Keeping American’s Connected Pledge.

Free & Low Cost Internet

The COVID-19 health crisis has shed light on the need for home internet service, and the large number of American households in all kinds of communities who don’t have it. Some Internet Service Providers have responded with new or improved discount broadband plans, that will only be available for a short time; others continue to offer plans that were created prior to the crisis. NDIA updates the list of Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans regularly.

This ten-episode series showcases interviews with digital inclusion stakeholders and practitioners from across the country highlighting their community-based efforts to address the digital divide. In the first four episodes, the digital inclusion practitioners talk about how they have pivoted and adapted their organizations and digital inclusion work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angela Addresses the Digital Equity Landscape on iHeartMedia

In the News

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Latest News

NDIA Announces Digital Navigator Concept

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sudden, massive public need for trustworthy digital inclusion services. Millions of Americans need support from digital inclusion programs: to get connected with affordable home internet, find affordable computing devices, and learn...

NDIA Creates State and Local Governments Lists for COVID-19 Resources

Some 18 million Americans do not have access to broadband internet in any form, presenting significant economic and health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. NDIA has created a  State-wide COVID-19 Digital Inclusion Response page, and a Local Government COVID-19...

Siefer to Ars Technica: No alternative to a federal broadband subsidy

NDIA is cited frequently in an article posted this week by Ars Technica on the differences and gaps in free and low-cost plans being offered by some major Internet Service Providers in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The online journal's Jon Brodkin points out that...

Urgent Call for Computer Donations!

Across America, the need for internet, computers, and digital literacy is acute and urgent.In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, schools, libraries, offices and gathering places across the country are being closed. This requires that everyone uses the internet at...

Free and Low-Cost Plans: Not all providers have stepped up

During the last two weeks, most of the nation's large internet service providers have responded to the COVID-19 emergency by launching free or very low-cost rate plans, designed to help more residents get and stay on line in order to cope with the sudden new demands...

Hotspot Devices are Only One Connectivity Solution

The health crisis has drawn quick attention to the lack of home broadband access in the United States. According to the U.S. Census, 18 million U.S. households do not have an internet subscription of any kind (including mobile). Congress is attempting to address this...