Many citizens don’t have access to high speed Internet. Many more don’t know how to use it. The Digital Equity Act authorized close to 3 billion dollars (part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) to address digital inequities. The US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the delegated agency.
My experiences tell me, right now, “digital literacy” nyc worker education programs are little more than free Microsoft Office classes. And if you’re over 45, fuhgettaboutit. And digital natives never existed. And (sorry) every ethnicity can identify unique signifiers concerning “digital literacy.”
Another 40 billion dollars is in the pipes from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.