The Town of Bourne is working with the Cape Cod Commission to draft a municipal digital equity plan.
Digital equity efforts seek to ensure everyone has the same access and opportunities to the information technology needed for full participation in society, democracy, and the economy. The focus is on bridging the affordability of internet service and devices, building skills to use programs and equipment, increasing trust, and overcoming language or other barriers that keep individuals from fully participating.
What Is Digital Equity
“A condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.”
National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Affordable, fast, reliable, accessible.
Adequate, needs-appropriate, affordable, accessible.
Ability to use technology, functionality, trust, privacy concerns.
This project was funded by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the MassTech Collaborative under the Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program. Funding was provided by Massachusetts ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Purpose of the Digital Equity Plan
Digital equity plans prepare municipalities for future funding opportunities. Through the digital equity planning process, towns can develop strategies in a community-driven framework to ensure all benefit from future investments.
Public input and participation are essential to this process, enabling the town to incorporate and reflect the community's vision when advancing future initiatives and projects.
- Introduction & Town Vision for Digital Equity
- Current State of Digital Equity
Existing conditions, knowledge gaps, challenges, and opportunities
- Stakeholder Engagement Process
Who was engaged and how were they engaged
- Objectives & Implementation Strategies
Recommendations for driving solutions
- Evaluation and Updates
How will we stay accountable for this work into the future
How to Get Involved
Attend the community workshop on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.
Bourne Veterans Community Center
239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA
The community workshop is open to all and is an opportunity for the town to come together to consider challenges, opportunities, and a vision to advance digital equity into the future.
Meet in person
- Jonathan Bourne Public Library, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-Noon
- Bourne Council on Aging, Nov. 1, 9-11:30 a.m.
Help spread the word
- Using the graphics and tools found under the "Outreach Kit" tab with your own networks.
Submit your comments
online at https://capecodcommission.org/DE-comments, or
via regular mail at:
Cape Cod Commission
Attn: Bourne Digital Equity Plan
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable, MA 02630
How to use this toolkit
The following resources are intended to support the Bourne Municipal Digital Equity Plan. Share the text and graphics in your newsletters, website, and/or social media.
Text to copy and paste into your newsletter.
In today’s interconnected world, access to technology and the internet isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. The Town of Bourne is working with the Cape Cod Commission to form a municipal digital equity plan. Help identify opportunities to advance digital equity in Bourne: join us at a Community Workshop on November 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM in Room One of the Bourne Veterans Community Center, 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. Learn more: https://cccom.link/bourneDE
Help advance digital equity in Bourne. Join the Town of Bourne and the Cape Cod Commission at a community workshop on November 13 at 6:00 PM to help identify opportunities to bridge the digital divide.
Digital Equity Community Workshop
November 13, 2023
Bourne Veterans Community Center
239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
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