Digital Inclusion Week 2021

Pathways to Digital Empowerment

What is Digital Inclusion Week?

Digital Inclusion Week is an annual campaign that recognizes the importance of Digital Inclusion from coast to coast. Next Century Cities is proud to join our national allies in recognizing our members, local digital inclusion organizations, and advocates that work daily to ensure every person receives the tools for digital success.

The celebration of digital inclusion runs from October 4-8 across our website, partner websites, and all social media channels. We hope you will learn more about the campaign here and engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Events in NCC Member Communities

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Community Television will be supporting National Digital Inclusion Week by sharing stories on social media and engaging in conversation with peer organizations.

Palo Alto, CA & San Jose, CA

Join AARP and attendees from across California as we celebrate Digital Inclusion Month. During this session, hear from Dr. Alison Bryant, Senior Vice President of AARP Research and renowned expert on the impact of media, technology and consumers. Dr. Bryant will discuss digital inclusion and five barriers that need to be addressed to bridge the digital divide for older adults. She’ll also share some of the latest best practices she is seeing from across the nation and the globe. Click this block to learn more!

San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio Housing Authority will recognize Digital Inclusion Week by engaging with local officials and residents on a wide variety of topics. They will promote digital literacy, device access, and internet access among their residents and neighbors across San Antonio. Click this block to learn more!

Celebrating Global Citizenship and the Fight for Universal Broadband on UN Day 2021

On October 21st, NCC’s Program Manager Lukas Pietrzak joined the Albuquerque chapter of the United Nations Foundation (UNA-USA) for a virtual United Nations Day Celebration. UN Day, officially celebrated on October 24th, marks the anniversary of the creation of the...

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...

Digital Access is Vital: A Conversation with Lydia X.Z. Brown

Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate who is changing the way that people think about equity for people with disabilities. In several capacities, as Policy Counsel with Center for Democracy & Technology, a Georgetown University lecturer, and an impassioned disability...

The City of Detroit Continues to Set the Bar for Digital Equity and Inclusion

Digital Inclusion Week (“DIW”) is a designated time for government officials, public service entities, nonprofits, and others to unite their efforts around closing the digital divide. Using events, media, and public awareness campaigns, participants elevate the need...

“It is Time for the Heavy Lifting to Begin.” SA Digital Connects Hosts Community Presentation Unveiling Digital Equity Plan and Roadmap

Local officials, community leaders, and businesses in San Antonio are partnering on a groundbreaking community investment in digital equity. An initial step included developing a Digital Equity Plan and Roadmap to help guide decision-making and take advantage of the...

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Breakdown of the Historic Bipartisan Broadband Legislation

On August 10, 2021, the Senate passed a landmark $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The proposed legislation includes a $65 billion investment in fast and reliable broadband infrastructure. States and municipalities...

NCC Joins Mountain Connect to Discuss the State of the Broadband Industry and Visions for the Future

For the first time in over a year, policy experts, industry representatives, and digital advocates convened in person in Keystone, Colorado, for the Mountain Connect conference. It included keynotes from broadband experts highlighting the state of the broadband...

Colorado Cities and Counties Join NCC in Presentations Before the Colorado Broadband Advisory Board

On July 20, 2021, Mark Pfaffinger, Chief Information Officer for Larimer County; Richard Holt, City Councilor and Fiber Commission Chair for the City of Centennial; Shannon Haynes, Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Breckenridge; and Chad Crager, Director of...

Connecting America’s Heartland: From Access to Adoption

On August 2nd, 2021, NCC’s Lukas Pietrzak joined advocates from across the country to discuss the ways our work aimed at various aspects of broadband access and adoption can jointly close the digital divide for America’s Heartland. Panelists highlighted initiatives...

Libraries Can Be a Vanguard for Telehealth.

By Craig Settles  A glimmer of bright silver light shone from within the COVID-19 pandemic – advancements in telehealth technology. Additionally, necessity became the mother of invention regarding how we reach populations in need of telehealth services, a goal that...

Broadband for All Strategies Must Include People With Disabilities

  TDI, a non-profit focused on advancing the voices of people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deaf-blind, and deaf with mobility issues in Information and Communications Technology, hosted its 24th biennial conference the week of July 26th. On July...

Closing the Digital Divide Today to Prepare for Tomorrow

On July 29th, Next Century Cities’ Lukas Pietrzak joined advocates and local leaders to participate in the Knight Foundation’s 2021 Smart Cities Lab. Panelists discussed how local communities could prepare for the growth of smart cities and benefit from continued...

Learn about Next Century Cities’ work to promote digital inclusion year-round

Join the Conversation on Social Media

Connect with Next Century Cities, our allies, and members across the country on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn by sharing your digital inclusion stories and tips. Use hashtags #DIW2021 and #digitalequityNOW during the week of October 4th to join the conversation and celebrate progress. NCC will be sharing highlights and digital inclusion successes throughout the week across all of our channels. You can also re-share resolutions, op-eds, blog posts, and more from your community throughout the year, or write something new to recognize DIW2021.

City to City Membership Organization

Supporting Cities

Communities stepping into the 21st century through next-generation networks face myriad challenges. It is essential to provide crucial support to facilitate these innovative projects. Next Century Cities and our members work to overcome obstacles to success.

Elevating the Conversation

We work with leaders and their communities to share their stories. We make the case that next-generation internet is essential infrastructure that can deliver transformative benefits to communities today.

Tools for Success

Developing a next-generation network is a daunting task for any city. We are committed to developing and aggregating resources to guide new projects.