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Digital Equity Grants Due in This Week

Welcome to the last part of the Technology Matching Fund & Digital Navigator Cohort Grant blog series! In this series, Seattle IT will be covering the Technology Matching Fund and Digital Network Cohort which is a project to build onto Seattle’s Digital Equity Statement and how qualifying non-profits can apply…. [ Keep reading ]

Reminder and Recap: Two Weeks Left Until Applications Are Due

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Helping Low-Income Households with Internet Costs

On January 1 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Affordable Connectivity Program or ACP to replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The new program is a long-term benefit to help low-income households afford the internet for work, school, health care and more. It also increased eligibility and the internet… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle named Digital Inclusion Trailblazer

In these times, when internet access has played a vital role to connect to our community, the work of the Community Technology & Broadband is an important asset to the City of Seattle. The Seattle IT team is behind the work that garnered a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer designation once again by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). Digital Inclusion… [ Keep reading ]

Community Technology Advisory Board welcomes new members

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) recently welcomed new members: Camille Malonzo, a software engineer at Microsoft; Dr. Lassana Magassa, a recent doctorate degree recipient in information science from the University of Washington’s Information School (UW iSchool); Brandon Lindsey, a nonprofit and educational consultant; and Dr. Tyrone Grandison, a technologist,… [ Keep reading ]

New online water outage map provides customers with real-time information

No one likes to experience a water outage at their home or business. Even a short time, being without water to drink, shower, cook or wash our hands can be a hardship. While Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) works around the clock to maintain one of the most reliable drinking water… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle invests $320,000 to improve digital literacy, access to technology

Verizon Foundation contributes additional $25,000 to help bridge digital divide The City of Seattle today announced the recipients of the 2020 Technology Matching Fund. With an investment of $345,000, 15 organizations will receive funding for community-led projects which aim to increase access to technology and provide digital skills training for… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle IT helps power giant free health clinic at Seattle Center

Stephen Burke, Seattle IT desktop support technician, is marking his sixth year creating a complex online network to power and connect the Seattle/King County Health Clinic, a giant free health clinic at Seattle Center, Feb. 13 to 16. The volunteer-driven event provides free dental, vision, and medical to anyone who… [ Keep reading ]

2020 Census is first high-tech count, what’s at stake?

When the next United States Census arrives in April 2020, it will be the nation’s first high-tech count, with residents encouraged to primarily respond to the census survey online. We now live in a world in which more local governments are using data to guide their decisions. There’s a lot… [ Keep reading ]

South Park Information and Resources Center Celebrates Successful First Year of Operation

In 2018, its first year of operation, with just 20 laptops and one instructor, the South Park Information and Resources Center enrolled 85 people, predominantly Latino, who were looking to sharpen their digital expertise. Funding from the Center came from a Technology Matching Fund grant that was awarded to help… [ Keep reading ]