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Digital Equity and Inclusion

What Is Digital Inclusion and Why Is It Important?

Today, we live in a digital world where the high-speed internet plays a critical role in how we live and interact with each other. The internet is the primary gateway to economic advancement opportunities, education, health care, employment, civic participation, and an enhanced quality of life. Unfortunately, there is a gap between those who enjoy the benefits of connectivity and those who do not, commonly referred to as the Digital Divide. To bridge the Digital  Divide, Connected Nation creates and implements initiatives that are designed to help communities.

Who lacks broadband?  

  • 43% of low-income families  
  • 9.45% of rural residents  
  • 13.23% of tribal residents  
  • 16.9 million school-aged children  
  • In addition, 1/3 of American workers lack digital skills

Our Credentials


Engaged 650+ communities with technology assessment & planning


Provided 60,000+ school kids laptops and/or digital skills training


Mapped broadband availability across more than 40% of U.S. land mass

Digital Inclusion Training Programs

For free self-paced digital skills training content, visit 

  • Connected Nation’s free online learning portal for adult learners. Click for more information.
  • The Achievery is a free digital learning platform for K-12 students created by AT&T.  Accessible to parents, teachers, and families. Click for information.
  • AT&T Connected Learning free digital literacy self-paced online courses, created by AT&T and Public Library Association. Click for information. 
  • For trainers – Click here to download instructor guides, handouts, exercises, and slides for hosting Digital Literacy Workshops created by AT&T and Public Library Association. 
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Digital Inclusion Resource Center

Low-Cost or Affordable Broadband Programs 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal program that helps many eligible households pay for broadband and internet-connected devices. However, unless Congress approves new funding, the program will run out of money in April 2024. 

As a result, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees the ACP, is no longer taking applications. The program is instead winding down. 

However, there are other resources and help that are available. Click the below button for more details. 

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