Approximately 166,000 Coloradans don't have high-speed internet. Just under half of the 166,000 say it's because they can't afford it or don't have the skills to use digital devices. In Colorado, digital equity is half the battle to connect residents to work, school, healthcare and other opportunities the digital age affords us.
Oct. 2 - 6, 2023 is Digital Inclusion Week. The Office of the Future of Work (OFOW), the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) and the Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHi) are working together to promote digital equity across Colorado communities.
The state and our community partners are increasing access to computers, high-speed Internet and digital skills through the OFOW’s Digital Navigator program, where experts in digital skills will train or assist people who need it, which will launch mid-October. The OFOW will soon release the state’s first Digital Access Plan to create measurable objectives and determine baselines regarding the digital equity needs of Coloradans.
For the many Coloradans who cannot afford to pay for internet, the Affordable Connectivity Program offers low-income households a $30 to $75 credit on monthly internet bills. See if you qualify at https://getacp.org/Colorado.
Visit the Colorado Digital Access website to learn more about how to get involved in closing the digital divide.