Digital Inclusion Week is devoted to building awareness, expanding recognition, and celebration connectivity success stories nationwide. Organizations and individuals join the forces to promote digital equityand inclusion in their communities. On October 5th through 7th, 2022, NCC’s Program Director, Roxy Barboza, and Senior Policy Counsel, Corian Zacher, led the NCC team’s member engagement in the DMV area to celebrate Digital Inclusion Week.
October 5th: Roxy recorded a fireside chat with Evan Feinman, NTIA’s Director of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program, discussing ways that local governments can take advantage of upcoming funding opportunities. Read more here.
October 6th: Roxy and Corian visited Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia. Arlington County was recently ranked the #1 Digital County by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. That evening, NCC’s Deputy Director, Brian Donoghue, and Senior Policy Counsel, Ryan Johnston, joined Corian and Roxy for the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Tech Prom, which Next Century Cities co-sponsored.
October 7th: Corian and Roxy visited Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Librarians in Prince George’s County collaborated with local officials during digital inclusion week. They continually mobilize change in their community.
Community leaders across Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. celebrated Digital Inclusion Week in-person and online. In Baltimore alone, the County Department of Aging hosted an event for digital skills, and the County Public Library hosted events for internet access and Affordable Connectivity Program sign-ups.