Digital Equity – Connecting Arlington

Digital Divide Arlington
U.S. Census Bureau’s [2015-2019] American Community Survey 5-year Estimates

Digital Equity refers to the assurance that all individuals, including the most disadvantaged populations, have the information technology capacity required to fully participate in society. This not only includes a digital connection but also education, training, and programs to enable residents to take full advantage of available resources.

DIGITAL EQUITY OVERVIEW

Digital Equity in Arlington
In an effort to collect data on digital equity, Arlington County commissioned a research project which assessed the current state of digital connectivity and identified barriers preventing Arlington residents from accessing and using digital tools and resources. Data was gathered via focus groups, one-on-one interviews and telephone surveys focusing on digitally disadvantaged populations.

View the complete report here.

ARLINGTON’S DIGITAL EQUITY GOALS

Connectivity
The County will invest in infrastructure to support lower cost connectivity for affordable housing residents.

Access
All residents can access the internet.

Education & Training
Residents have the appropriate skills necessary to be successful on the internet.

Program Sustainability & Community Capacity
Ensure our digital equity goal strategies are sustainable and the community is engaged on the issue.

DIGITAL RESOURCES MAP

Please use this map to locate digital resources in your area.

Outdoor WIFI Spots Image
There are outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots available at designated County facilities. Click the map to discover digital resources.

MILESTONES

  • Data gathering and research – 2019
  • Community engagement – early 2020