Media Releases
Joanne Hovis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
May 14, 2018    
 
Contact: Susan Norton
Communications Director
Communications Department
479-5758330
snorton@fayetteville-ar.gov


Digital Inclusion Task Force Seeks Public Input and
Hosts Special Guest Speaker
 
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s Digital Inclusion Task Force has scheduled kickoff events this week to raise awareness about the importance of improving digital equity. The City of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Public Library, the University of Arkansas Libraries, and the Fayetteville Public Schools are working together to improve access to digital services and programs.
 
Task Force members invite the community to explore concepts of digital readiness, help define “existing conditions” of local broadband, and take a digital assessment at the Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 17 (look for the City of Fayetteville tent).
 
Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mayor Jordan will welcome special guest speaker at the Fayetteville Public Library (401 W. Mountain Street). Joanne Hovis, CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, will discuss “Advancing Digital Equity and Broadband Opportunities for Residents of Fayetteville” in the Walker Room. Joanne will engage with community members to discuss ways to raise awareness about the importance of digital equity and build strategies and opportunities for advancing high speed broadband for all residents. Refreshments will precede the community meeting. 
 
The Task Force is building a community-wide Digital Inclusion Coalition to advocate for enhanced broadband services and improve the understanding of the community’s digital needs and resources. The vision of the Mayor’s Task Force is to bridge digital divides in our community so that residents and business owners of Fayetteville have broadband Internet access and the basic skills to use it.  Throughout the summer and fall there will be ongoing community discussions designed to identify needs through public education and advocacy and to craft a digital inclusion master plan. 
 
The Mission of the Digital Inclusion Coalition is to foster every Fayetteville resident’s engagement in digital society by supporting technological innovation, enhancing disaster response, promoting online civic engagement, and providing an infrastructure strategy aligned with the needs of our residents.
 
Please join us Thursday at the Farmers’ Market and the Fayetteville Public Library to begin this important journey! Stay up to date, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/digitalinclusion

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