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Portland City Council unanimously adopted the Digital Equity Action Plan on April 6, 2016 after hearing heartfelt and powerful testimony on the need for digital equity from a diverse set of stakeholders. The Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) outlines a series of operational and policy proposals for public and private agencies, along with nonprofits, in Portland/Multnomah County to advance the cause of digital equity.
Since the adoption of the Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) in April 2016, the DEAP has garnered national attention. The 2016 National Digital Inclusion Summit praised the DEAP for its inclusive plan development process. In addition, the DEAP won the National Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) 2016 Community Broadband Strategic Plan of the year award, and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) recognized the DEAP as a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer.
The DEAP Mission is to bridge the digital divide for excluded members of our community with affordable access, training and tools.
The DEAP Vision is that all residents of Portland/Multnomah County will have barrier-free access to high-speed broadband internet at home and school, an affordable computing device and the training to use them effectively.