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    Pima County Digital Infrastructure and Inclusion Action Plan 

    Connect Pima’s mission is that all Pima County community members will have equitable access to affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet to successfully participate in our democratic society. The plan guides the development of broadband infrastructure, implementation of digital literacy initiatives, and increase access to devices and tools for connectivity throughout Pima County.

    Current Highlights

    Digital Literacy Forum: Why Digital Literacy Matters

    presented by Executive Director of Next Century Cities, Francella Ochillo

    Digital literacy is essential in today’s world. Being digitally literate allows you to use technology to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information effectively. These crucial skills are connected to every aspect of life, from training and finding employment and connecting with healthcare providers to pursuing educational opportunities and socializing.

    Come to the Digital Literacy Forum to:

    • Explore the urgent need for a digitally literate Pima County.
    • Learn about digital literacy efforts already underway in our community.
    • Find out how you or your organization can get involved.

    Virtual Event
    Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 10 am



    Hotspots Around Town

    In partnership with Cox, Pima County Public Library is now offering access to 120 reliable, high-speed WiFi hotspots across Pima County.


    How to Connect

    1. On your phone or device find network PCPLonTheGo
    2. Accept Terms of Use Agreement
    3. You're connected!

    Ongoing Efforts

    Infrastructure

    Data from The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) shows large swaths of Pima County and metro-Tucson with broadband rates below the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) minimum standard. The multi-year plan includes critical infrastructure, projects in collaboration with local governments, internet service providers, utility companies, and departments of transportation.

    Inclusion

    This multi-year plan includes digital literacy initiatives with the goal of increasing access to reliable home and public internet as well as devices and tools for 20% more households by the end of 2026.

    Connect Pima committees are comprised of community stakeholders interested in creating inclusive access for all Pima County residents. 
    Interested in participating ?  

    Broadband Infrastructure and Policy Recommendations

    Grow wireless hotspots and households served by affordable broadband in all five Pima County districts. Make critical infrastructure a shared effort between various agencies.

    Committee Co-Chair: Michelle Simon, Deputy Director, Pima County Public Library
    Committee Co-Chair: Mark Hayes, Interim Director, Pima County Information and Technology 

    Digital Inclusion and Equity 

    Engage community partners to identify gaps in community members’ relationship to obtaining and using digital platforms and create relevant initiatives to increase technology adoption rates.

    Co-Chair: Andrew Bevington, Director of Business and Education Partnerships, Pima County School Superintendent
    Co-Chair: Amber Wells, Director of Digital Engagement, Pima County Workforce Development
    Co-Chair: Cindy Hogan, AmeriCorps, Literacy Connects

    Digital Access

    Utilize a community needs assessment to identify households with highest need and put sustainable practices in place to supply necessary devices and tools.

    Co-Chair: Mandy Armenta, Admin. Support Services Manager, Pima County Finance and Risk Management 
    Co-Chair: Mark Malick, Program Coordinator, Pima County Human Resources 

    Grants, Funding and Procurement 

    Evaluate funding opportunities that can sustain or expand the planned infrastructure and inclusion projects of Connect Pima oversee the use of funds and procurement requirements for existing funding. 

    Co-Chair: Katherine Hahn, Program Manager, Pima County Grants Management & Innovation 
    Co-Chair: Ana Wilber, Division Manager, Pima County Procurement 

    The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit program that helps families and households access affordable broadband service so they can connect to work, school, healthcare and more.

    American Library Association: Resolution in Support of Broadband as a Human Right

    Whereas broadband networks and services drive robust, resilient, and effective societies and economies;

    Whereas broadband is essential for life tasks including education, workforce, healthcare, and is a fundamental element of an inclusive and sustainable world;

    Read more on ALA’s website.

    Arizona Libraries Public WiFi

    This map depicts data from the 2019 (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019) Arizona Public Library Statistics, question 13.10 Overall Wireless Availability. 

    Thank you to our partners:

    American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Arizona Broadband Stakeholders Network COVID-19 Digital Access Task Force Arizona Community Action Agencies
    Arizona Department of Education - Office of Digital Teaching and Learning Arizona State Library Arizona Tech Council
    ATIC, IRC Chicanos Por La Causa City of Tucson
    City of Tucson Housing and Community Development City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives Comcast
    Community Action Programs and Services OCHER Community Broadband Advocates LLC Cox Communications
    Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona Insight Interfaith Community Services
    Jobcorps Kajeet Kevin Dahl - Ward 3
    Literacy Connects Pima Community College - Adult Basic Education for College and Career Pima Community College - Workforce Development
    Pima Council on Aging PPEP, Inc Sahuarita Unified School District
    Tohono O'odham Nation, Department of Health and Human Services; United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona University of Arizona - College of Education
    We Care Tucson YWCA

    We would also like to thank:

    Pima County Adult Probation Pima County Community and Workforce Development Pima County Development Services
    Pima County Economic Development Office Pima County Finance Pima County Grants Management and Innovation
    Pima County Health Department Pima County Human Resources Pima County Information and Technology Department
    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation Pima County Procurement
    Pima County Public Library Pima County Superintendents of Schools Pima County Superior Court
    Pima County Transportation

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