A project of the EdLab Group, Communities Connect Network (CCN) is a statewide coalition of public and private organizations working to make Washington State a leader in "digital inclusion" – the movement to ensure that all individuals have access and the skills to use the Internet and information technologies.
CCN brings together community technology providers with state and local governments, corporate, philanthropic, and individual supporters to ensure that all residents are able to fully participate in Washington's increasingly technology-rich society.
Most recently, CCN is the recipient of federal Department of Commerce NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding for public computing centers. The Communities Connect Network Project works to improve broadband adoption rates, workforce preparation, digital literacy, access to education, justice resources, and training at 22 sites in seven counties around Washington State. Partners include non-profits, libraries, community centers and courthouses. See "details" for more information about the project.
For more information about CCN, contact Kathy Johnson.
EdLab Group has received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant of $4,169,734 from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) of the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) for the Communities Connect Network Project (CCNP).
The Communities Connect Network Project expands the capacity of Washington State public computing centers (PCCs) to improve broadband adoption rates, workforce preparation, digital literacy, access to education, justice resources, and training. The project demonstrates that tribal and government agencies, libraries, educators, public housing, the courts, and non-profits in our state are committed to work together for real digital inclusion, broadband adoption, and to ensure quality public computer learning services for residents in need. The Communities Connect Network Project fosters equitable access, training and increased broadband adoption through:
As of November 2011, over 100 new computers have been placed in public computing centers across Washington State. Low-income families are able to access broadband services for education, job, health, and civic tools that information technology provides. Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and libraries across the state are now better able to utilize high-speed Internet services through resources and training to meet the community needs.
The public computing centers participating in CCNP include the following, although centers across the state will benefit from the resources and training developed through this grant:
Other key partners in digital inclusion efforts of CCNP are the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, WorkSource, Office of Civil Legal Aid, Northwest Justice Project, Washington State Access to Justice Board, and NPower Northwest, organizations that work to bring access to important services to all residents of Washington State.