Question: How were the coalition members chosen?
Answer: The Mayor and County Executive extended invitations to anchor institutions in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County that have been working towards digital equity in the region and smaller institutions with intimate knowledge of the community need.
Question: How do I join? How can I contribute?
Answer: We are not currently soliciting new members for the coalition but we welcome any feedback and information that will help shape our five-year plan. Please fill out our contact form and we will get back to you within 2-4 business days.
Question: What is this coalition doing?
Answer: Organizations involved in the Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition are meeting every three weeks to build a detailed plan for closing the digital divide in Pittsburgh in 5 years.
Question: What will the plan do?
Answer: The playbook will:
- describe the history of the digital divide in Pittsburgh, including our unique challenges
- map the great work that has already been done by our local organizations, big and small
- outline actions that we must all take to ensure everyone has access to affordable internet service, user-relevant computers, and the skills to safely and securely use the internet
- set the stage to apply for federal digital equity grant dollars to make the plan a reality.
Question: When will the plan be released?
Answer: A draft of the plan will be released for public input in April of 2023. The final version of the plan will be released in May 2023.
Question: When will the community experience the benefits of this work?
Answer: The Coalition will publish a detailed plan when they complete their work In the spring of 2023.
- This plan may outline and detail current hubs in the community that citizens can go to for computer skills training, internet access, or even fixing their computers.
- The plan will be used as a guideline to apply for federal grants that had been set up as part of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
- These grants are opportunities for localities to close the digital divide in their communities once and for all.
The final goal of the coalition is to end the digital divide by the end of 2027