Digital Equity Initiatives
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)
Shukri Abdirahman (Maine Youth Power)
Noel Bonam (AARP Maine)
Mufalo Chitam (Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition)
Dan Coyne (United Way of Southern Maine)
Nakia Dana (Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township)
Jim Darroch (Give IT. Get IT.)
Melissa Denbow (Machias Savings Bank)
Megan Dichter (Maine Department of Education )
Cindy Farrington (Maine Resident Services Coord Assoc.)
Sara Gagne-Holmes (Maine DHHS)
Amy Gallant (Good Shepherd Food Bank)
Joshua Howe (Maine Community College System)
Melissa Hue (City of Lewiston)
Jess Irish (Bath Housing Authority)
Ben Jones (Disability Rights Maine)
Erik Jorgensen (Maine Housing Authority)
Len Kaye (University of Maine, Center on Aging)
Bruce King (Maine Inside Out)
Beth Lambert (Maine Department of Education)
Danielle Louder (NE Telehealth Resource Center)
Jess Maurer (Maine Council on Aging)
Robb Miller (Maine Department of Labor)
Rilwan Osman (Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services)
Jason Parent (Aroostook County Action Program)
Mia Purcell (Community Concepts)
Sarah Sherman (Maine Bureau of Veterans Services)
Megan Shore (Elmina B Sewall Foundation)
Lisa Sockabasin (Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness)
Lindsay Thrall (EverNorth)
Ruben Torres (Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition)
Julia Trujilloluengo (Maine DECD)
Charlene Virgilio (Four Directions Development Corporation)
Marijke Visser (Maine State Library)
Chris Waite (Four Directions DC - Tribal broadband consultant)
Tobin Williamson (Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition)
Charlie Woodworth (Northern Franklin County Economic Opportunity)
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.