What is Digital Inclusion?

Components of Digital Inclusion

  • Promoting the value of a connected life
  • Providing access to computers and devices
  • Providing convenient access to a stable and robust Internet connection
  • Teaching digital literacy skills

The Value of a Connected Life

Understanding and using the Internet is an important component of being a citizen in today's world. People engage with technology in order to accomplish vital tasks such as:
  • Applying for a job
  • Paying bills
  • Signing up for Government services
  • Voting
  • Staying in touch with friends and family
  • And much more...

Computers and Devices

Local public libraries, community centers and other organizations offer free access to computers during open hours. A key element of digital inclusion is also ensuring that people have a pathway to owning their own computers. A number of local organizations provide low-cost, refurbished machines for sale to the public. PC’s for People offers refurbished computers to income qualified individuals as well as nonprofits, schools, museums, housing authorities and other community organizations. .

A Stable and Robust Internet Connection

Our goal is to provide a broadband connection in or very close to people's homes. There are several ways to accomplish this:
  • Work with a local Internet Service Provider, many of whom offer plans for low-income persons
  • Provide mobile or semi-mobile hotspots for use in the home
  • Establish secure and robust wireless internet networks across the city
  • Provide public computer and Internet access through a network of public libraries and community learning spaces

What Are Essential Digital Life Skills?

  • Email
  • Search
  • Health/medical information
  • Government services
  • Job applications
  • Social networking
  • Music & Video
  • Online Shopping
  • Online learning