What is ‘digital inclusion,’ and why are Chattanooga and Hamilton County leaders?

Six women sit around a table in an outdoor pavilion looking at laptops. They are participating in a Tech Goes Home course with Bridge Refugee Services.

Everyone should have access to technology. Without a computer and the internet (and the skills to use them), basic tasks can now feel nearly impossible. Even so, many Americans — including many Chattanoogans — struggle to use technology and don’t have a home internet connection or computer.  The “digital inclusion” movement aims to ensure that […]

EPB and partners will provide home internet to low-income students at no cost

By Mary Helen Montgomery Hamilton County will become the first community in the nation to offer no-charge high-speed internet to every family with a child on free or reduced lunch. In a major step for our community, EPB announced that the 28,500 Hamilton County Schools students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will receive […]

Chattanooga celebrates National Digital Inclusion Week

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Matty Parker In 2020, a year which has highlighted the depth of our nation’s digital divide, Digital Inclusion Week held special significance. Held annually in October – this year, October 5-9 – the internationally celebrated week aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. […]

Chattanooga and Hamilton County named ‘Digital Inclusion Trailblazer’

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By Mary Helen Montgomery CHATTANOOGA, TN — The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County have together been named a “Digital Inclusion Trailblazer” by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. The recognition was given to 16 communities across the country whose local governments promote digital literacy and broadband access. Chattanooga and Hamilton County are in the company of […]

The Enterprise Center’s Geoff Millener Wins National Digital Equity Award

By The Enterprise Center Geoff Millener has been named a 2021 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion, a recognition of leadership and dedication in advancing digital equity. Geoff, who is the senior program and operations officer at The Enterprise Center, was selected by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and the Benton Institute for Broadband and […]

Thanks to technology, pastor says fellowship is growing during pandemic

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Casey Miller Since Covid-19 reached our community, The Enterprise Center has helped connect small businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations to the technology and tech assistance they need to survive during social distancing. TEC’s Casey Miller sat down with one of the churches that received technical support to help transition their ministries online. Alonzo Noble is […]

Nonprofits serve clients remotely, using donated devices and hotspots

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Mary Helen Montgomery The Enterprise Center’s digital equity program Tech Goes Home had big plans this spring for another term of hosting classes across the city to residents who were interested in learning basic computer skills. Of course, plans changed — and while we could no longer host classes, we still wanted to get technology […]

Thousands of disconnected residents get online with help from community partners

A black map with blue dots shows were WiFi hotspots are available in the Chattanooga area.

By Mary Helen Montgomery As residents of the Chattanooga region began to practice social distancing, The Enterprise Center, EPB, and Hamilton County Schools estimated there were up to 10,000 students without internet access at home. After working quickly and collaboratively with partners, we now estimate at least 4,000 residents (many of them students) who were […]

Chattanooga Highlighted at Congressional Hearing on Digital Divide

Geoff Milliner Chattanooga’s experience with broadband and digital equity was part of a Congressional hearing on January 29. A letter from Mayor Andy Berke was entered into the record during the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s hearing on “Empowering and Connecting Communities through Digital Equity and Internet Adoption,” the first such hearing to focus on […]

Turning on a computer, after up to 20 years

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By MARANDA WILSON, MSCJ – REGIONAL ASSISTANT DIRECTOR  &  MIRANDA ROBERSON, BSCJ – TECH GOES HOME INSTRUCTOR During time spent incarcerated, people often lose touch with the evolution of technology. Tech Goes Home has partnered with The Next Door to help women get reacquainted with technology prior to their release. What is The Next Door? The Next […]