Digital Inclusion Week is an annual week of awareness, recognition, and celebration for those in the community working to bridge the digital divide. Organizations and individuals across the country host special events and campaigns to promote digital equity in their communities. This year’s theme is “Turning Our Moment into Movement,” signaling a turning point and time of action for the digital inclusion movement.
DIASA is hosting a full week of virtual discussions and educational events to celebrate Digital Inclusion Week. Register for this webinar series, and stay tuned on our social media channels to learn more details about these exciting events!
*Please note due to our busy Digital Inclusion Week programming, our regularly occurring community meeting will be virtual on Friday, October 14
NDIA is hosting Net Net Inclusion 2023 in San Antonio, TX February 28 through March 2! Registration will open in September, with more spots than ever before for our growing digital inclusion community.
NDIA is hosting Net Inclusion in here Texas to support the local digital inclusion community and to help practitioners nationwide learn from their leadership and ecosystem.
The Net Inclusion conference has been a staple in the digital inclusion community since 2016, bringing hundreds of practitioners, advocates, academics, internet service providers, and policymakers together to share their knowledge and discuss local, state, and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity; sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs; and digital inclusion best practices from across the country.
Visit the NDIA website to learn more and stay connected to updates!
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a benefit program by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designed to ensure households can afford high speed broadband internet.
ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households, and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Additionally, eligible households can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. ACP is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A member of an eligible household for ACP must meet the following criteria:
Receives an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines;
Participates in at least one assistance program, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program in the current or immediately preceding school year;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
Participates in one of the following assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands: Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or Tribal Head Start; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program.
Enrolling in ACP is a two-step process:
Step One: Complete and submit an online or mail-in application available at ACPBenefit.org.
Step Two: Contact a participating provider to select an internet service plan and have the ACP discount applied.
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.
DIASA convenes organizations and members from community non-profits, governmental entities, businesses, public education systems, higher education systems, internet service providers, NGO's, and media outlets working to create a more inclusive and digitally equitable San Antonio.
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