Lamont Administration Releases Draft Digital Equity Plan
The Lamont administration released a draft digital equity plan Dec. 22 designed to expand internet access and the use of digital tool and resources.
Funded through the federal 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Digital Equity Plan complements broader state, regional, and local strategic initiatives.
The plan also complements the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Economic’s program expanding broadband access across the state.
The Department of Administrative Services’ Commission for Educational Technology developed the plan over the past year.
DAS officials said the “plan will help ensure that all Connecticut residents can benefit from life in the digital world for learning, career advancement, telehealth, and leveraging state services.”
- Developing and promoting digital skills and technical support programs that directly serve residents
- Ensuring residents have options for getting online that are affordable and meet their needs
- Expanding digital government services at the state and local levels
Closing the Divide
“Connecticut has taken significant steps to close the digital divide in our state,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.
“The goals in the ‘Everyone Connected’ plan extend that work, from connections and computers to training and support that help improve the lives of all residents.”
CBIA’s Pete Myers noted that “Connecticut and our broadband providers have done an excellent job of closing the digital divide in our state.”
“We need to continue this positive momentum as expanding broadband access is an important part of economic growth,” he said.
All comments must be received by Jan. 20, 2024. The commission is expected to release its final report in March 2024.
For more information, contact CBIA’s Pete Myers (860.244.1921).
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