With the recent launch of ConnectHome, much attention has been directed at Austin, which was named a “mentor city” for this program. Join us for a conversation about Unlocking the Connection, an initiative underway in Austin aiming to bridge the digital divide for the more than 4,300 public housing residents, and learn about how the lessons learned can be applied elsewhere.
Unlocking the Connection is a collaborative effort that was launched by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and its nonprofit Austin Pathways in November of 2014, aimed at providing free basic Internet access; a continuum of digital literacy programs that are linguistically, culturally, and age-appropriate; and the opportunity for every HACA household to earn a refurbished computer device. Google Fiber’s commitment to help HACA’s residents get connected helped inspire more than twenty partners to sign on, including Austin Community College, Austin Free-Net, and many others.
This webinar will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about this program model, as well as some of the successes and challenges that it has experienced over the last year and a half of implementation to help inform your own organization’s efforts.
This webinar is part of NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellowship program, aimed at supporting digital inclusion initiatives, sharing best practices, and showcasing digital inclusion programs. You do not need to be a Fellow to attend; all are invited.