The Enterprise Center convenes the Digital Access and Equity Committee, an inclusive community representing a wide range of organizations, governmental entities, and educational institutions.
The group meets monthly, and members include representatives from the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools, Signal Centers, Northside Neighborhood House, Goodwill, WTCI, Disability Rights Tennessee and Thrive Regional Partnership, among many others.
The Digital Access and Equity Committee was formed so that community members can come together to take a multi-channel approach to closing the digital divide in our region and examine what equity means in a Smart Community. The partnerships formed through the committee have resulted in unique opportunities, from connectivity drives to increase internet adoption for K-12 families; to using UTC-generated data to expand public WiFi at housing authority locations and in other low-connectivity neighborhoods; to organizing local Digital Inclusion Week events during NDIA’s yearly advocacy and awareness celebration.
In 2020, the Committee met weekly, as partners came together to solve pressing issues of digital access exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and April tornados, collectively applying for funding, developing and sharing resources and taking direct action, like distributing hotspots and devices to disconnected and displaced families.
Would you like to join?
No one organization can bridge the digital divide on their own. The Digital Access and Equity Committee is an open forum for learning, sharing and collaboration. If you or your organization is interested in joining, please email Geoff Millener at firstname.lastname@example.org.