“In the U.S., efforts to increase affordable access to the internet, devices and digital skills training are almost completely local. On the one hand this is fabulous because trusted community relationships are essential to effective digital inclusion work. On the other hand, financial support of local digital inclusion work is sorely lacking. The Digital Equity Act recognizes the value of local trusted institutions while allocating financial support. NDIA and our 350 affiliates in 41 states fully support the Digital Equity Act and look forward to its passage.”

Angela Siefer

Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) The Digital Equity Act of 2019 S.1167 would authorize more than $1 billion in Federal grant funding over the next five years to support digital inclusion programs throughout U.S. states and territories.

The legislation is cosponsored by:
1. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
2. Senator Angus King (I-ME),
3. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
4. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
5. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
6. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)
7. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
8. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)
9. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
10. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
11. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
12. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
13. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
14. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
15. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
16. Ed Markey (D-MA)

A companion bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives early to mid-May.

Senator Murray’s groundbreaking bill would create two major Federal grant programs, operated by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to promote digital equity nationwide. The proposed funding for each program is $125 million per year for five years — a total of up to $1.25 billion.
One program would be carried out through state governments, with funding allocated by formula, and would incorporate state-by-state digital equity planning followed by implementation grants to qualifying programs.
The other would be an annual national competitive grant program, run by the NTIA, to support digital equity projects undertaken by individual groups, coalitions, and/or communities of interest anywhere in the U.S.

The Digital Equity Act references definitions of “Digital Inclusion and Digital Equity” developed by NDIA.

Home Internet by Congressional District

How big is the Digital Equity Gap in your Congressional District?

Use the chart below to see what U.S. Census’ latest American Community Survey tells us about your District.

Click on any District to learn:
* What percentage of households lacked wired home broadband connections (cable, DSL or fiber optic) in 2017?
* What percentage of households had no home Internet access of any kind (including mobile, satellite or dial-up) in 2017?
* Income gap: How big was the 2017 gap in home Internet subscription between District residents with household incomes below $20,000 a year and those with household incomes above $50,000?
Age gap: How big was the 2017 gap in home Internet subscription between District residents aged 65 or older, and those aged 18 to 64?

Home Internet by State & Income

How big is your state’s Digital Equity Gap?

Use the chart below to see what U.S. Census’ latest American Community Survey tells us about your state.

Click on any state to learn:

* What percentage of households lacked wired home broadband connections (cable, DSL or fiber optic) in 2017?
* What percentage of households had no home Internet access of any kind (including mobile, satellite or dial-up) in 2017?
Income gap: How big was the 2017 gap in home Internet subscription between households with incomes below $20,000 a year, and households with incomes above $50,000?

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