The Digital Divide is the gap between those with access to reliable, affordable internet service and devices and the knowledge to use them and those who do not have such access. The Digital Divide disproportionately affects people of color, the elderly, and rural, tribal, and low income communities.
Refers to the necessary steps to reach Digital Equity, and includes the following elements: 1) Affordable, reliable, and fast internet service 2) Computers, laptops, & tablets that meet community needs 3) Access to training and support, such as digital literacy classes or tech support.
Digital Equity will be reached when all individuals and communities have equal footing to affordable broadband, devices, and digital skills. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
*Definitions informed by NDIA and other Digital Equity Initiatives around the U.S.