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Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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200 I Street, SE
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Washington, DC 20003
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Phone: (202) 727-2277
Fax: (202) 727-6857
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DC Digital Inclusion 


Rob Mancini
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DC Community Broadband Summit Digital Divide


The Government of the District of Columbia is taking significant steps in bridging our digital divide.

What is the Digital Divide?

The term digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all.

The digital divide is closely related to the knowledge divide, as the lack of technology causes lack of useful information and knowledge. The digital divide may be classified based on gender, income, and race groups, and by locations.

In an informal 2009 survey of DC Summer Youth Employment Program participants, 23 percent indicated having to leave home to gain internet access (i.e. recreation center, school) with 18 percent specifically indicating a lack of internet service at home. The survey revealed that the primary reason for lack of home internet access is the lack of a computer (36 percent) with lack of affordability in close second (27 percent).

The Community Broadband Summit will increase awareness of the efforts of governments and the business/nonprofit communities are making to increase computer literacy and universal internet access.

Find technology resources through the District: