Digital equity and access is foundational to reducing systemic inequities and driving the next generation of social and economic development

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Expands opportunities and reduces inequities for individuals

  • Increases access to education / job opportunities and unlocks greater societal inclusion

  • Increases economic potential as students with access make $2M+ more over their lifetime(1)

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returns to
community & society

Unlocks benefits across the community and society

  • Establishes new ways of learning in education through digital curriculum and skills building

  • Increases telehealth access, expands digital government, and supports a hybrid justice system(2)

returns to the
economy

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Generates a positive return on investment for the economy

  • Creates a $2.40 societal ROI (e.g., from increased earnings, taxes) for every $1 invested in digital access(3)

 

  • The presence of ultra-fast broadband leads to 3% average increase in new businesses formation(5)

returns to
individuals

Investment in digital generates positive societal ROI within 1-2 years and annual GDP benefits

1. VentureBeat.  2. San Antonio Business Journal.  3. Ecotone Analytics.  4. Delotte.  5. Econstor

Preliminary mapping offers insight into household need and points to next steps for future iterations

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District and Precinct-level estimates of the # and % of households

A triangulation of current household need based on public data sources

Assessment of verified need based on actual usage, household-level coverage

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Without adequate digital access

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Self-reported usage to reliable internet and devices (from SASpeakUp, ACS)

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Verified adoption based on usage (e.g., from Microsoft, Google)

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Facing availability barriers

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Self-reported slow / unavailable service (from SASpeakUp) and recorded zip-level avg. speeds (from BroadbandNow)

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Validated assessment of realized speeds (e.g., from speed tests) and household-level fiber / asset maps

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Facing affordability barriers

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Household self-reported inability to afford a monthly bill (from SASpeakUp)

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Comparison of household income to cost of available services and price benchmarks

Click on any of the maps below to enlarge:

Access | Households without adequate digital access by Precinct

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Access | Households without adequate digital access by District 

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Availability | Households without adequate digital access by Precinct 

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Availability | Households without adequate digital access by District 

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Affordability | Households without adequate digital access by Precinct 

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Affordability | Households without adequate digital access by District 

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Investment in digital generates positive societal ROI within 1-2 years and annual GDP benefits