Federal Government Initiatives to Close the Digital Divide

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Digital Nation reports show that, in 2015, 33 million American households didn’t access the Internet at home. This puts them at a tremendous disadvantage to obtain a quality education, connect with loved ones, and gain meaningful employment.

Learn about progress being made at the federal level to bring broadband to the nation, promote digital inclusion and coordinate efforts amongst federal agencies. Topics will include the Connectivity Initiative from NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program, Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome program, and efforts underway at the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help libraries and museums bridge the gap in communities across the country. These agencies are all members of the federal Broadband Interagency Working Group, and their programs are working to accelerate broadband adoption and provide affordable access to low-income families, minorities, and seniors across the nation.