Broadband Access

Digital Equity and the Disability Ecosystem: Finding Local, Regional, and National Connections

People with disabilities are part of diverse communities that benefit from equitable access to broadband internet. As State Digital Equity Plans help more people get connected, it is vital to center disabled people in the process. These Plans should include the needs and perspectives of people with disabilities to ensure that new broadband investments help close the digital divide. The resources listed below can help State Digital Equity Plan creators and implementors engage with organizations that empower people with disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities.

2024-02-08T18:46:47+00:00Published: January 29th, 2024|Tags: , |

Accessibility in State Digital Equity Plans

Infusing State Broadband Planning with Inclusion and Accessibility What are State Digital Equity Plans? State Digital Equity Plans are a requirement for any State that receives funding from the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is managing this program to provide $60 million to fund the development of Digital [...]

2023-11-29T19:36:17+00:00Published: November 22nd, 2023|Tags: , |

Podcast: Increasing the Talent Pool by Delivering Equitable Access to the Internet and Technology

Oneisha Freeman, Digital Connectivity Manager at the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) and Nikhil Deshpande, Chief Digital Officer for the State of Georgia, share why access to high-speed, reliable internet is critical and how you can make inclusion and accessibility a core part of your organizational culture. Oneisha and Nikhil also discuss how the Georgia Technology Authority [...]

2024-05-02T15:39:01+00:00Published: September 21st, 2023|Tags: , , |

PEAT Broadband Equity Think Tank Report

On July 20, 2023, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted a virtual Think Tank on Defining Disability Inclusion & Accessibility Technical Assistance (TA) & Resources for State Programs. The Think Tank’s goal was to help states build inclusive State Digital Equity Plans that serve the needs of people with disabilities and members of other covered populations that are named in the Digital Equity Act of 2021 who have historically experienced lower rates of internet and computer usage.

2024-02-02T14:59:01+00:00Published: September 11th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Spotlight on Digital Equity

At PEAT, we are passionate about ensuring that workers across the country have access to the digital tools they need to succeed. Digital tools at work include everything from strong broadband connections to artificial intelligence (AI) that reduces bias in the hiring process. […]

Podcast: NDEAM & LGBTQ+ History Month – A Conversation on Intersectional Identities at Work

Bill Curtis-Davidson, PEAT’s Co-director, and Chris Wood, Executive Director and Co-Founder of LGBT Tech and Chair of the FCC Communications Equity and Diversity Council share personal experiences and insights to mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and LGBTQ+ History Month. Bill and Chris talk about the importance of digital equity, share tips for [...]