Digital Equity Initiatives

Introduction

MCA is working to advance digital equity for all: to ensure that all Mainers, especially those that are most impacted by the digital divide, have access to and are able to use, information and communications technologies so they can fully realize all of the civic, economic, health, educational, social and other benefits that they provide.

What is MCA doing?

  • Facilitating the development of a Digital Equity Plan for Maine.

  • Maximizing participation of Mainers in existing affordability programs.

  • Working with impacted people and communities to integrate broadband into other community programs and resources (such as affordable housing or food security programs, etc)

  • Expanding digital equity within healthcare, education, and economic development through investments in community hubs and affordable device or device lending programs

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Digital Equity Task Force

MCA is developing a proposal for planning funds under the Digital Equity Act which is due July 12, 2022.  This grant will support a year-long planning process (Starting September 2022) to create a Digital Equity Plan for Maine.  A Digital Equity Taskforce has been launched and convened to inform and support the development of the proposal and to guide an equitable planning process that engages effectively with Maine people and communities. The Taskforce is broadly representative of people and communities that face greater barriers to connectivity.  

If you would like to serve on, or engage with, the Digital Equity Taskforce, or have any other questions, please contact Strategic Partnership Director Maggie Drummond-Bahl.

Digital Equity Task Force Members include:

Susan Corbett (National Digital Equity Center)

Charlene Virgilio (Four Directions Development Corporation)

Nakia Dana (Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township)

Lisa Sockabasin (Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness)

Marijke Visser (Maine State Library)

Jamie Ritter (Maine State Library)

Janet McKenney (Maine State Library)

Dan Coyne (United Way of Southern Maine)

Sybil Mazzerole (Maine Veterans Services)

Charlie Woodworth (Northern Franklin County Economic Opportunity)

Mia Purcell (Community Concepts)

Megan Shore (Elmina B Sewall Foundation)

Jason Parent (Aroostook County Action Program)

Robb Miller (Maine Department of Labor)

Rilwan Osman (Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services)

Sara Gagne-Holmes (Maine DHHS)

Jess Maurer (Maine Council on Aging)

Heidi Grover (Two Bridges Regional Jail)

Len Kaye (University of Maine, Center on Aging)

Julia Trujilloluengo (Maine DECD)

Erik Jorgensen (Maine Housing Authority)

Melissa Hue (City of Lewiston)

Ben Jones (Disability Rights Maine)

David Lawler (Avesta)

Tobin Williamson (Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition)

Mufalo Chitam (Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition)

Megan Dichter (Maine Department of Education)

Danielle Louder (NE Telehealth Resource Center)

Melissa Denbow (Machias Savings Bank)

Michael Kebede (ACLU Maine)

Jim Darroch (Give IT. Get IT.)

Beth Lambert (Maine Department of Education )

Joshua Howe (Maine Community College System)

Noel Bonam and Japhet Els (AARP Maine)

Other Resources

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

National Digital Equity Center

The NDEC provides communities at all levels the expertise needed to mobilize broadband technologies through digital inclusion, literacy efforts, education, resource planning, funding research, infrastructure leveraging and stakeholder engagement.

Maine Broadband Coalition

MBC is a network of public policy wonks, educational advocates, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and individuals who care deeply about Maine’s digital future and believe in the power of community-driven broadband planning.

Maine State
Library

The Maine State Library helps people, makes Maine libraries stronger and transforms information into knowledge. 

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