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OCT has a well-established track record of facilitating and coordinating visionary public policy and regulatory leadership in the area of broadband and digital equity, on behalf of both the Portland City Council and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. OCT was instrumental in helping the City and MHCRC document its digital equity focus through the YourVo!ce, Our Communications Technology Initiative in 2010 and through Council’s development of the 2011 Portland Broadband Strategic Plan (Broadband Plan). The Broadband Plan identifies digital equity as two of five goals with specific key strategies identified. As a result of the Broadband Plan, digital equity was incorporated into the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan and further translated into the Portland Plan. The 2016 Digital Equity Action Plan solidified a digital equity framework.
In addition, OCT, through participation on the City’s Smart Cities Steering Committee, works to ensure digital inclusion and equity values are central in the development of Portland’s Smart Cities vision, policies and projects.