Showing posts with label #InternetForAll. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #InternetForAll. Show all posts

Monday, March 25, 2024

💻IMSPARK: Connected Communities: Bridging the Digital Divide in the Pacific💻

💻Imagine.... Connected Communities: Bridging the Digital Divide in the Pacific💻

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where every individual and community in the Pacific has equitable access to digital resources, fostering education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office. (2024). Hawaii Digital Equity Plan

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Hawaii Digital Equity Plan is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide in the Pacific, ensuring that all residents have affordable and secure broadband service🌐. This plan is significant because it addresses the diverse digital needs across the state, with a focus on underserved and rural communities🤝. By providing access to the internet and digital devices, the plan supports workforce development, economic growth, and quality healthcare through telehealth services. The anticipated federal funding for this plan will empower the Hawaii Broadband 📶 and Digital Equity Office to prioritize digital equity projects, which is crucial for building a digitally literate workforce and meeting the demands of an evolving global economy🌞. The plan’s comprehensive approach, developed through community engagement and public outreach, sets a precedent for other Pacific regions to follow🏝️, potentially transforming the entire area into a connected and digitally empowered community.

#HawaiiDigitalEquityPlan,#DigitalEquity,#PacificConnectivity,#InclusiveLiving,#Technology,#CommunityEmpowerment,#Telehealth, #EconomicOpportunity,#InternetForAll,#IMSPARK,

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

⭐IMSPARK: Imagine... Bridging the Digital Divide⭐

 

Imagine... Bridging the Digital Divide

  1. Imagined Endstate: 💡 Imagine a future where every individual in the United States has access to high-speed broadband, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status.
  2. Link: 🔗 Biden to detail plans for $42 billion investment in U.S. Internet access
  3. Sources:
    • 📚Reuters. (2023, June 26). Biden to detail plans for $42 billion investment in U.S. internet access.
    • 📚Hui, B. (2020). Digital Equity Declaration.
    • 📚Federal Communications Commission (FCC, 2023). National Broadband Map.
    • 📚Internet for All. (2023, June 26). Biden-Harris Administration Announces State Allocations for $42.45 Billion High-Speed Internet Grant Program
  4. What's the Big Deal:

💥 This $42 billion investment aims to bridge the digital divide by providing universal internet access to all Americans. With approximately 8.5 million locations lacking broadband connections (Reuters, 2023), this initiative addresses the issue of the digital divide with the presumption that:

·       Digital access is vital for changing the standard of care with telemedicine, going beyond convenience, where it will be a social determinant of health.

·       Digital access plays a vital role in healthcare, enabling telemedicine services, remote patient monitoring, and access to health information (Hui, 2020).

·       Digital access empowers individuals for online education, learning, and future job opportunities.

·       Digital access drives entrepreneurial endeavors, fueling economic growth and fostering opportunities for innovation and prosperity.

·       Digital access depends on reliable data regarding broadband availability, which is crucial for identifying communities that lack internet services.

Digital access is the key to bridging the digital divide, considering the reasons mentioned above and it's potential to increase inclusivity. Here's a table displaying the funds received from the $42.45 Billion High-Speed Internet Grant Program as part of the Investing in America Agenda for the Pacific: 

State / Territory

Allocation Amount

Hawaii

$149,484,493.57

American Samoa

$37,564,827.53

Guam

$156,831,733.59

Northern Mariana Islands

$80,796,709.02

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💰IMSPARK: Equitable Foundations: Building Homeownership Dreams in the Pacific💰

  💰Imagine... Equitable Foundations:  Building Homeownership Dreams in the Pacific💰 💡 Imagined Endstate:   A future where Pacific communi...