Empowering People With Disabilities Through Digital Inclusion

An increasing number of jobs, schoolwork, information, and government services have permanently migrated online as a result of the pandemic. While technological advancement makes a wealth of tools available that improve quality of life and enable aging in place, too...

Planning for California’s $6 Billion Broadband Investment is Underway. What Does Your Community Need?

On July 20, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 156 into law, setting the stage for a $6 billion investment in California’s broadband infrastructure. The legislation includes $3.25 billion for a statewide open-access middle-mile network and $2 billion for...

Learning About Broadband Challenges and Opportunities from Chula Vista, California, and Botetourt County, Virginia

In March of 2020, local officials from California to Virginia led an unexpected and unprecedented switch to life-from-home as the COVID-19 pandemic raged across the United States. Overnight, schools, public meetings, and city services switched to remote capabilities. ...

Next Century Cities Stresses the Significance of Local Digital Equity Efforts Before the California Public Utilities Commission

  On Friday, July 2, 2021, Next Century Cities submitted comments with the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) elevating the importance of using local digital equity strategies to address historic and ongoing discriminatory practices. The CPUC sought...