Digital Durham convened a Digital Equity Plan Working Group in the late summer of 2020 to assess the digital divide in Durham and develop a comprehensive digital equity plan for the city and county. The group includes representatives from the following organizations:
Over 300 community members contributed to the work through focus groups and surveys. Community input and the involvement of a broad coalition is critical in the development of a plan to bridge the digital divide for all people in the city and county of Durham. Digital equity and inclusion is about economic development, access to healthcare and improved educational outcomes. The plan will address broadband access and adoption, device ownership, digital skills, and collaboration between private and public entities to increase digital equity in Durham.
The highlights of our work to scope the problem and identify solutions so far include: