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City of Seattle and Comcast Invest $100,000 to Address Digital Equity With Digital Bridge Program

by Mark Van Streefkerk


On July 20, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) launched the Digital Bridge pilot program, an initiative that connects low-income job seekers with refurbished laptops and broadband internet access. Digital Bridge is sponsored by a public and private partnership with Comcast, Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI), Seattle Information Technology Department (Seattle IT), Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School, and InterConnection. The program was created in response to job losses caused by COVID-19, which particularly impacted POC, immigrants, refugees, and underhoused people. So far, individuals enrolled in workforce development programs through SJI have been provided laptops and internet connection to apply for jobs and complete training programs, which have moved online due to COVID-19. 

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OPINION: High-Quality Internet Has Been Long Overdue for All Seattle Students

by Nisha Daniels and Heather Hart 


Schools are a great equalizer. On March 13, 2020, schools across Washington state shut down all classroom learning. With the shuttering of schools, thousands of students in our community lost their access to computers and internet connectivity. For many in our South Seattle community the digital divide is acute and there is little relief in sight.

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