Digital Equity refers to the assurance that all individuals, including the most disadvantaged populations, have the information technology capacity required to fully participate in society. This not only includes a digital connection but also education, training, and programs to enable residents to take full advantage of available resources.
In an effort to collect data on digital equity, Arlington County commissioned a research project which assessed the current state of digital connectivity and identified barriers preventing Arlington residents from accessing and using digital tools and resources. Data was gathered via focus groups, one-on-one interviews and telephone surveys focusing on digitally disadvantaged populations.
The County will invest in infrastructure to support lower cost connectivity for affordable housing residents.
All residents can access the internet.
Education & Training
Residents have the appropriate skills necessary to be successful on the internet.
Program Sustainability & Community Capacity
Ensure our digital equity goal strategies are sustainable and the community is engaged on the issue.
Please use this map to locate digital resources in your area.
- Data gathering and research – 2019
- Community engagement – early 2020
- Digital Equity Action Plan – early 2021
December 3, 2019: Digital Inclusion Network Meeting
Sign Up for Digital Equity Updates
- Learn about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program!
- Feasibility Study: Broadband Internet for Affordable Housing
- News Release: New Wi-Fi Hotspots Help Residents to Connect During COVID-19
- COVID-19 Technology Resources
- Digital Equity Action Plan Survey August 2020
- Learn about Achieving Digital Equity for Students
- Digital Equity Toolkit for Out-of-School Learning
- National Digital Inclusion Alliance
- Digital Equity Act
Holly Hartell, Department of Technology Services