Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age: A Resource Guide for Local Governments

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network October 28, 2016 Equity

Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age is a resource guide designed to support U.S. communities of all sizes and geographies in advancing their goals for high-speed Internet access and digital inclusion. The report was researched and written by representatives from six cities, with support from the National Telecommunications and Information Agency and the National Resource Network.

The guide outlines key steps for local governments to take in enhancing broadband Internet access and addressing the digital divide in their own communities. The document also provides useful information to support communities in engaging with potential partners, finding funding, and measuring and managing the performance of new or existing programs and initiatives.

Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age represents an innovative model for intercity collaboration and peer learning. While federal agencies, nonprofits, foundations, and private interests have produced much information on digital inclusion, a resource guide on this subject produced by a consortium of city leaders for the benefit of cities nationwide is unprecedented. The perspectives of the authors and the target audience are completely in alignment, which allows for greater sensitivity to the financial, social, and political realities that will impact communities seeking to launch new initiatives.

This report was produced as part of the Network’s peer activities; learn more about related programs here. Representatives from the following cities authored the report:

  • City of Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • City of Gonzales, California
  • City of Greensboro, North Carolina
  • City of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • City of Springfield, Missouri
  • City of Youngstown, Ohio

Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age: A Resource Guide for Local Governments