COVID-19 is exposing the digital divide in North Carolina and its consequences for all of us. Students and adults who don’t have access to the internet, don’t have a computer or laptop, or don’t know how to use them – for education, work, health, or connection – are at an impossible disadvantage. It’s clear that access to the Internet is a lifeline. Great strides have been made in recent months to bridge the digital divide across the state and nation but not all are equitable or sustainable in the long-term.
This meeting will highlight the changing landscape of digital inclusion in North Carolina since the February 2020 Emerging Issues Forum, ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity, and what partnerships and investments are needed to ensure that all communities across our state, regardless of race, income, or geography, have access to this critical lifeline now. With an ever-changing technological landscape, we’ll also discuss how to ensure flexibility to meet our future digital needs.