Broadband adoption/digital literacy toolkits

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Two toolkits for advancing broadband adoption and digital literacy have recently been made available:

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released its Broadband Adoption Toolkit recently, a document aimed at sharing best practices developed from broadband adoption and digital literacy projects funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The Toolkit gives practical ideas and tools for overcoming barriers to getting more Americans online access. Find the toolkit (23 MB) at http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/files/toolkit_042913.pdf.

The EveryoneOn campaign toolkit is also now available, with resources describing the importance of digital literacy and promoting it in local communities. The EveryoneOn campaign, which launched on March 21, promotes the importance of digital literacy skills and consists of PSAs and a website connecting consumers with information about Internet access, training opportunities, and Internet discounts and low-cost computers. At http://everyoneon.org/, consumers can plug in a zip code to locate free digital literacy training and Internet access in their area. At http://www.connect2compete.org/, consumers can plug in their zip code and find out if they qualify for Connect2Compete's low-cost computers and discounted high-speed Internet.

Libraries can verify that their information is correct at the EveryoneOn.org digital literacy site, which serves as a tool to promote the training, Internet access, and public access computers they offer. Basic information about public libraries is already in the database. If you find that something needs to be updated, you can go to the Training Locator Tool, which has instructions for adding and updating information in the training site database. You can search for your library, click on “Edit,” and fill in missing information on the form (whether you have Wi-Fi, the types of training you offer, etc.).