With October 4th through 8th being ‘National Digital Inclusion Week,’ here is a breakdown of the elements with digital inclusion being the ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies:
A single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family is the primary element to consider for digital inclusion.
With a number of people that are located close together or are considered or classed together, we have groups. In Western North Carolina we have many groups of culture, interest, communities, and goals.
Access is a means of approaching or entering a place; in this case, the internet. For broadband, this requires an internet service provided or ISP, a router, and a Wi-Fi modem.
Does every WNC individual have possession of the means or skill to do something on the internet? A smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet?
Use is the action of using something or the state of being used for a purpose. How do individuals safely use the internet while protecting their privacy and security?
Information of facts that are provided or learned about
something or someone through the internet. Most of use think of internet search or a ‘Google search.’
Communication is the imparting or exchanging of information or news. What is credible and what is credible on the internet?
Technologies are the application of knowledge to the practical aims of human life. With broadband or high-speed internet being the arteries of content from servers and publishers; individuals need to understand the options for internet. What are the features and benefits of each?
Western North Carolina Broadband Project
The WNC Broadband Project Team are individuals that have grouped together to advocate for future-proof investments in broadband.
Are you and your communities ready for the future of high-speed internet?