CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 735,000 people in Washington do not have an internet connection in their homes. An additional 500,000 households rely solely on limited cell phone data plans, while 30,000 others still use slower dial-up services.
The Digital Navigator Program will help close the digital divide for low-income communities, students, families whose dominant language is not English, elders, communities of color, and residents who need assistive technology, by providing internet access, hardware, and digital literacy support. This will help address opportunity gaps by improving access to remote educational learning, access to employment, and access to public benefits including affordable housing. The Legislature should include $6 million for in the budget for the Digital Navigators Program.
We’re proud to support this effort led by the Equity In Education Coalition.