Seattle joins National Digital Inclusion Alliance

The City of Seattle has just signed as a member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA).

The NDIA is a new membership organization founded in March 2015, bringing together cities, libraries, non-profits, and other institutions to foster effective broadband adoption programs and policies helping vulnerable residents. The founding members and organizations have a long history of policy leadership and direct service providing digital literacy instruction and community technology centers. The Alliance’s initial policy focus is working with the FCC to encourage Lifeline reform inclusion of low cost Internet. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance also issued a statement along with members in support of extending Lifeline to broadband.

The NDIA already has more than 60 members, including the cities of Portland, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, and the founding members New York and Kansas City Public Libraries, Benton Foundation, Multicultural Media and Telecom Council, Non-profit Technology Network (NTEN), and the School, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) coalition.

To become a member, cities and other organizations are asked to agree to the following statement of principles:

“We are leaders of local community organizations, public libraries and other institutions that are working hard to reduce digital disparities among our neighbors. To improve the daily lives of all community members, we call for public policies for digital inclusion that reflect what we’ve learned from experience.

“Broadband adoption is most effectively promoted by community-driven efforts that combine:
– Affordable home broadband service
– Public broadband access, and
– Locally trusted technology training and support.”

The City is pleased to join with others to support a unified voice and body of experts on broadband adoption.  See more here.