WHITE PAPER -- With Broadband Equity For All: Principles to Drive Adoption, Investment and Growth in Urban America

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
With Broadband Equity for All

For NUL, “universal broadband adoption” refers to the set of broad and targeted investments, tools and innovations needed to fully deploy wired and wireless broadband; to make devices and content affordable, available and usable; and to support the ability of students and workers to utilize broadband to build their 21st century knowledge, skills, careers and businesses.

In 2010, as part of our efforts to realize these goals, NUL joined with a number of other national economic empowerment and civil rights organizations to launch the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC)1, designed to advance the goals of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) through digital literacy, education and outreach, and evaluation of best practices in deploying broadband to underserved communities. A number of Urban League affiliates currently run digital literacy programs, computer labs and technology-focused job training and education programs. And in 2012, the National Urban League Washington Bureau (NULWB) released a report, Connecting the Dots: Linking Broadband Adoption to Job Creation and Job Competitiveness2 outlining best practices to utilize broadband as a workforce development tool.
This year, NULWB launched the Urban Solutions Council in order to identify practical policy solutions, explore areas of potential private sector alignment, and broaden support for an agenda to promote economic growth and reduce the unemployment rate in urban communities. Through the work of the Urban Solutions Council, we have identified a number of areas of broadband policy alignment and outline these principles in this document.

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