ICYMI – Watch the December, 2020 recorded General Membership meeting session of the DIASA Community Forum on Equity through Digital Inclusion Policy. Hear the community discussion and the ideas hatched during this meeting. 

ICYMI – Watch the October 2020 recorded General Membership Meeting featuring Laura Cole, BiblioTech Director and Terrence Wilson, J.D. Regional Policy and Community Engagement Director at the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA). 

Our Vision & Mission

Bridging The Gap Through community Activation & Inclusive Growth

We are the community dedicated to advancing digital inclusion in San Antonio.

The Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio (DIASA) fosters San Antonio’s digital ecosystem by facilitating the collaboration of organizations providing digital inclusion services and promoting the democratization of digital inclusion initiatives within our community.

The digital divide is an economic and social inequity that creates a gap between people who have the skills and access to fully embrace broadband, communications technology and services, and those who do not. The digital divide in San Antonio disproportionately impacts low-income households and residents with lower levels of educational attainment.

DIASA aims to ensure inclusion by cultivating and promoting public policies and initiatives that prioritize digital equity, so that all residents can fully participate in the digital economy. We envision a community-driven digital inclusion ecosystem promoting the democratization of digital inclusion initiatives through grassroots power-building and community activation.

Our Structure

30+ Organizations and 60+ Members From the Community

DIASA consists of a steering committee and four active subcommittees, which work to address the main issues that create the digital divide.

Currently, there are over 30 organizations and 60+ members from community non-profits, governmental entities, businesses, public education systems, higher education systems, internet service providers, NGO's, and media outlets are working to create a more inclusive and digitally equitable San Antonio.

Objectives

Guiding Principles

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Historical Digital Inclusion Initiatives in San Antonio

  • 2017
  • 2017: ConnectHome convening partner meeting (September)
    2017: South San ISD and SAISD awarded Sprint 1Million project (July)
    2017: ConnectHome passport program announced (partnership between SAHA and SAPL) (June)
    2017: First Digital Inclusion Alliance meeting – over 30 members in attendance (May)
    2017: Digital Inclusion VISTA assigned to coordinate efforts of the Alliance (May)
    2017: Digital Inclusion Summit, which kicked off community awareness of the digital divide; Digital Inclusion Alliance was announced during the Summit (March)
  • 2016
  • 2016: The Federal Reserve published “Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations,” and began hosting convening’s and training programs for banks, nonprofits, local governments, and anchor institutions (July)
    2016: NTEN Google Fellows assigned to work in 3 organizations in San Antonio to increase digital inclusion
    2016: City of San Antonio proposes budget to expand free Wi-Fi service in city owned public parks (August)
    2016: Grande Communications announces fiber expansion in San Antonio
    2016: Councilman Ron Nirenberg files City Council consideration request to develop policy recommendations on digital infrastructure
    2016: Launch of Goodwill Electronics Recovery Program providing refurbished computers for low-income families
  • 2015
  • 2015: Planning stages of UpgradeSA now digitalBexar project
    2015: Mayor Ivy Taylor creates Di2 Initiative
    2015: VIA implements free Wi-Fi to all buses & transit centers (September)
    2015: AT&T announces GigaPower Internet service
    2015: San Antonio is one of 28 communities selected for HUD’s ConnectHome program (July)
    2015: Google Fiber announces expansion in San Antonio
    2015: Open Internet: Net Neutrality

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