We are pleased to share a recap of an inspiring event we recently hosted – the 'Digital Equity Community Conversation'. Together with State Senator Sharif Street, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, representatives from the PA Broadband Development Authority, and the City of Philadelphia Digital Literacy Alliance (DLA), we facilitated a vibrant discussion on the future of digital equity in our communities.
A core part of our mission at Called to Serve is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, primarily in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Digital equity - access to affordable, high-speed internet - is a crucial part of this mission, as it opens doors to education, employment, and community connection.
This Community Conversation was part of a larger initiative led by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, gathering diverse voices from across the state to address the digital divide. The insights we gathered will directly influence action plans for improving broadband services in our underserved communities and equip everyone with the digital skills needed to succeed in today's interconnected world.
This mission aligns perfectly with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which has set aside a whopping $65 billion for investments into broadband. With a guaranteed minimum of $100 million coming to Pennsylvania, we have a unique opportunity to make a significant impact in closing the digital gap.
Our event brought together community members from across Philadelphia, with participants from zip codes 19129, 19140, 19141, 19131, 19132, 19126, 19121, 19139, 19122, 19138, and 19120. We strive to amplify voices that often go unheard in these conversations, believing that their experiences and perspectives are vital in creating an inclusive digital environment.
We want to express our profound thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the Digital Equity Community Conversation. Your input is invaluable and will directly shape our strategies for enhancing broadband access and digital literacy throughout our communities.
As we continue to push for the renewal, restoration, and revitalization of underserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia, this community input serves as our compass. Together, we can build a thriving urban ecosystem with intact neighborhoods, flourishing businesses, and competent schools. The digital age should benefit all, and we are excited to play our part in making this vision a reality for the people of Nicetown-Tioga and beyond.
Keep your eyes on this space for further updates as we journey towards closing the digital divide!