Hamilton County residents can learn about low and no-cost internet options at the Chattanooga Downtown Public Library this Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
Through a partnership with The Enterprise Center, a nonprofit dedicated to uniting people, organizations and technology, the downtown library branch will host on-site info sessions about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and HCS EdConnect, powered by EPB.
“Whether you’re a Hamilton County Schools student who qualifies for HCS EdConnect and no-cost internet or an adult who wants to know about low-cost options through the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program, we’ll be able to help direct you to the best options,” said Enterprise Center Connectivity Ambassador, Micah Chapman. “We’re asking the public to help us spread the word to your neighbors, coworkers, family and friends so we can keep community members connected.”
Access to opportunities like HCS EdConnect and ACP are just one way Chattanooga is working to bridge the digital divide and ensure residents are not left behind as technological advancements happen, said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly.
“Historically, we know there have been two Chattanoogas,” he said. “Digital inclusion programs and partnerships like this are just one more way we are ensuring all our residents, regardless of zip code, have access to the same services and opportunities.”
Opportunities to connect are also economically important, said Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp.
“Connectivity is a critical component of workforce development in today’s world,” said Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp. “Whether you’re applying for a new job, completing online skills training, or taking higher education courses online — the ability to access reliable internet is essential. Hamilton County is proud to support ongoing efforts that will positively impact the quality of life for families and individuals across our region.”
This local Digital Inclusion Week event is a part of a national effort to increase awareness around digital access issues and resources, as well as celebrate the successes of communities working to close the digital divide. Spearheaded by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, this annual effort highlights organizations and stories from around the country.
Anyone interested in learning more can stop by the Downtown Public Library Friday, Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. or email email@example.com.