Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs

Connecting Alabama: Boosting Broadband to Bridge the Digital Divide

To bridge the digital divide and promote engagement in the digital economy across all 67 Alabama counties, the Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs is proposing an outreach campaign and interactive training program in partnership with several major community serving organizations. The project has been designed and will be coordinated by the Economic & Community Development Institute at Auburn University. To help foster demand, the project proposes to educate and train residents in the social and economic benefits of broadband technology and practical applications of computers and software. The project plans to employ targeted outreach to economically vulnerable populations in the state including Hispanic, African American, disabled, low income, and senior citizen residents through mobile facilities. Among the anticipated beneficiaries is the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, whose members will receive training, access to new public computer facilities, and other broadband opportunities.

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