Digital Access Task Force Meeting
Monday June 7, 2021
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Next Task Force Meetings - June 7, 14, 21, 28.
We will begin promptly at 7:30 am!
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June 7 Digital Access
Resource Highlight Presentation
$7.171 Billion Emergency Connectivity Fund
Mala, Muralidharan, E-rate Administrator for Public Libraries, Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records.
Mala will provide an overview of the 7.171 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund that will help schools and libraries provide devices and Internet connectivity to students, school staff, and library patrons during the pandemic. Congress established the fund as part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The Federal Communications Commission is now defining the rules to distribute the new funds to eligible schools and libraries for the purchase of eligible equipment and advanced telecommunications and information services for use by students, school staff, and library patrons at locations other than a school or library—primarily to homes.
CONTACT: Mala, Muralidharan, firstname.lastname@example.org 602 364-4855 Mobile: 480-221-5120.
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.