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Digital Equity in Rhode Island

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Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street

Providence, RI 02903

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Today, 80% of students (PewInternetReport) need the Internet to complete their homework and 90% of job applications are online (PewInternetReport). Yet in Rhode Island, 263,432 people, or 26% of households, are not connected to the Internet (2015 American Community Survey). Closing this digital divide is critical to empowering Rhode Islanders to take advantage of new opportunities and to compete in the new skills economy. How we meet these challenges will determine our future.

ConnectRI is an initiative spearheaded by the Rhode Island Office of Innovation in partnership with EveryoneOn (a national nonprofit) and Rhode Island Housing aimed at eliminating the digital divide and connecting all Rhode Islanders to high speed broadband in their home. Through the initiative, we will offer our neediest residents high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible in their home.

At this event the Office of Innovation is aiming to bring together partners from across the State (and beyond) who are working on issues on and related to digital equity in our state - this can mean work on digital literacy, broadband infrastructure, access to technology, and equitable access to internet. We believe that by bringing together the many great groups working on this issue we will be able to build stronger partnerships and better ideas that will help us make Rhode Island the first state with ubiquitous and equitable connectivity.

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9:00 - 9:20 - Coffee & Networking

9:20 - 9:30 - Introduction

9:30 - 10:00 - Panel Discussion

10:00 - 11:45 - Digital Equity Workshop

11:45 - 12:00 - Wrap

For more information please email william.watterson@innovate.ri.gov or call 917-903-3949.

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