Digital Access Task Force Meeting
Monday June 21, 2021
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Next Task Force Meetings - June 14, 21, 28 July 12, 19, 26. No Meeting July 5 (Fourth Of July Holiday)
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Steve Peters, AZBSN and Task Force Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone or Text: 520-321-1309
June 21 Digital Access
Resource Highlight Presentation
Update on Final Mile Project
Milan Eaton, eRate Director Arizona Department of Education and Wes Brownfield, Executive Director, Arizona Rural Schools Association and Final Mile Project
Milan and Wes will provide an update on the Final Mile Project including schools & communities involved, project management, technology, lessons learned, etc.
Thanks to eRate, Arizona has broadband connections to most of our schools. Unfortunately, these connections usually do not extend to a rural student’s home.
The Final Mile Project is dedicated to identifying individual, achievable last mile Internet projects for which we can coordinate "spoke and hub" build out at the anchor institution, usually the school district, for wi-fi internet services to the student's home. All within the framework of working with ISP's to facilitate both ROI for them and equitable internet for the students.
Contact: Milan Eaton, State Erate Director for Schools, Arizona Department of Education
Wes Brownfield, Executive Director, Arizona Rural Schools Association, email@example.com, 928-830-7182
Updates and Digital Access
Federal and State Updates
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic the world is creating the largest telecommunity of all time. Social and physical distancing is becoming the new normal requiring unpresented demand for digital access for all Arizona communities including tribal, rural and other underserved communities and low-income neighborhoods in Arizona.
AZBSN, the Arizona Broadband Stakeholder Network, led by ATIC, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, GAZEL, the Greater Arizona Educational Leadership organization, in cooperation with many other stakeholder organizations, have created an AZBSN COVID-19 Digital Access Task Force.
What Is Digital Access
Digital access is more than just access to fast affordable and reliable Internet access.
Everyone, especially students, also require access to technology such as computers, laptops, and smart phones as well as other digital equipment such as routers, hotspots, and web cameras. They also need digital content resources and skills to effectively use technology.