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Digital Divide Briefing - Shared screen with gallery view
Ann Marie
13:02
Good afternoon everyone! So happy to be part of this conversation and thanks to all the organizers!
Jen Cathy, United Way of Greater Rochester
13:21
Hello friends! Good to see everyone.
Jennifer Leonard
14:36
Good afternoon, all. Great turnout for an important topic!
Christina Lopez
14:55
Hello everyone. I hope to connect with everyone outside this meeting as well. Please email me at clopez@boundlessconnections.com.
russell nordquist
24:07
Is Stephanie’s audio choppy for other people sd well or is it my zoom issue?
Patty Uttaro
24:25
Mine too.
Antwan Williams
24:26
Its choppy.
Aqua Porter
24:29
She is choppy.
Jackie Dozier
24:32
Yes it is.
Corinda Crossdale
24:34
its choppy, my be Stephanie's connection
Shawanda Evans- MCC
25:02
Its choppy on my end as well
Larry Marx
25:04
Hopefully, Stephanie's block will have fiber optic cable sometime in the next bit of time. . .
Jennifer Leonard
25:46
Headphones of any type might help, if she's not using them.
Simeon Banister
26:10
Fair enough Larry! Fortunately, it’s not so bad on my end that I can’t follow along.
Tanya Thurman
28:49
ABC was just recently awarded a grant to address the digital divide. More info to come as we are in the implementation planning phase now.
Stephanie Townsend
29:03
Sorry about that, folks! What I have is actually a bad device. :) If I sit too far away from my microphone, it doesn't pick me up well. You would think I would have that distance on instinct by now.
Tanya Thurman
29:35
can we get a video recording of this presentation? I would like to include it in our community assessment report..
russell nordquist
30:00
Is a “chrome tablet” a chromebook or a tablet?
Stephanie Townsend
30:10
Here is ROC the Future's Digital Divide report: https://rocthefuture.org/updated-2020-digital-divide-report/
Rachel Barnhart
30:17
Hi Tanya - how much is the grant? Who awarded? Would love to hear more!
Stephanie Townsend
30:38
A Chrome tablet is considered to be a tablet in most research.
Simeon Banister
30:42
And we will, ABC is up in a few!
Stephanie Townsend
31:08
Yes, I will do a video recording of this presentation and we will put it on the ROC the Future website.
Stephanie Townsend
46:24
ABC's grant was from the CARES Act.
Dirk
46:35
Because addressing the digital divide for children will be ongoing and can not be addressed by the philanthropic community then it will be government (school, city or town, county, state, and federal) funding. The question is what is the formula by household from various governments (plural) to provide digital services for all of our children and their families both in the city and county?
Patty Uttaro
48:11
I would argue that digital access is not needed only by children and families. Libraries see adults constantly who needed access, instruction, and assistance on accessing the digital world.
Stephanie Townsend
49:00
Most of the government funding in 2020 for the interventions being presented on now were federal CARES Act funds. A long-term solution will require sustainable vs. one-time funds.
Holli Budd
49:36
Agree with Dirk. This problem/challenge is not unique to Rochester. What lessons n=might we learn from other cities that are ahead of Rochester in managing this?
Corinda Crossdale
49:58
I would add the providers in the formula; they offer discount services but even at the discounted rate the services are still out of reach for many of our families. working across the various systems, how might we make this more affordable for those who can access and seek other solutions for those who can not. looking forward to chatting more, I have some ideas : )
Dirk
51:36
Corinda, totally agree and this too would require a concerted government actions - laws and regulations
Patty Uttaro
51:40
Libraries and schools receive reimbursement for telecommunications expenses through the federal e-rate programs (that is the "universal services" fee on your telephone bill. The program is managed by the FCC and has been the catalyst for public libraries and school to acquire hi-speed internet access.
Stephanie Townsend
51:41
Cities with municipal broadband have had mixed results. The programs have tended to be expensive and do not necessarily increase the % of households with internet.The important thing to remember about municipal broadband is that most of those programs still charge for internet access; they do not provide free service.We will follow up this meeting with sending out additional information on the questions/issues being raised.
Rachel Barnhart
52:17
There are many models to provide municipal broadband. To Stephanie’s point, providing internet alone is not enough.
Rachel Barnhart
52:39
I addressed a lot of these issues in my MPA capstone paper: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.138/qmp.ed9.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/BRIDGING-THE-DIGITAL-DIVIDE.pdf
Patty Uttaro
52:42
Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System receives a reimbursement in the range of 80% - 90% of cost.
Rachel Barnhart
53:58
(RCSD back in 2016 proposed a beautiful FTTH muni model that would have been FREE at slower speeds. There are creative ways we can do this, but there are many barriers and it gets complicated fast. Addressed in my paper. Thank you!
Christina Lopez
54:05
We have a solution for Tech Literacy that is sustainable and able to keep up with the constant changes in tech. Please connect with me. clopez@boundlessconnections.com
Shalym Náter -he/him/el
55:22
I think another aspect that needs to be addressed is the relationship between the digital divide and language access for non-English speakers or individuals with limited English proficiency? Will anyone be presenting on this topic?
Simeon Banister
55:51
Shalym I think that is a CRITICAL gap. That is precisely the kind of feedback we need to inform the next working meeting as we think about areas to address.
jerome underwood
56:16
in aggregate, ABC will be investing $600-$700K on this issue
Joshua Stapf
59:42
Literacy Rochester has been working with low literate and non native English speaker to improve their understanding of the English language for over 55 years. 7 years ago Literacy Rochester started a Digital Literacy program. In the past 7 years Literacy Rochester has partnered with OACES at RCSD and the Monroe County Public Library system to provide digital support at community based location. On average this program helps over 1,200 adults complete over 3,000 digitally based tasks that range from setting up an email account to applying for jobs, health benefits, or social service help.
Kristen
01:00:59
I understand that RCSD is now including PreK students. My concern is in regards to Preschool Special Education students who may not necessarily be enrolled in UPK programs but must go thru the district to receive their therapy services. These therapies are now being done via tele-therapy and children need access to participate and receive their needed therapies. Have these children been addressed?
Patty Uttaro
01:01:05
The Digital Literacy program from Literacy Rochester works very well.
russell nordquist
01:02:52
Since I like to think of costs in units of people and months this is what I have from these presentations
russell nordquist
01:03:00
*$15/month - Monthly Cost of unlimited data for Mifi ( 2900 devices for $43.5K )*$80/student 5 year cost for chromebook ($2Million assuming a 5 year lifetime and 80% survival and 25K students)*$370 each annually Library Mifi loan - (500 mifi units for loan - $185K)*$370 Learning Pod per student per month ($20K per pod per semester (10 weeks) 14 students)*? $/month for Spectrum WiFi/internet (would like to know)
Don Pryor
01:03:06
How do we as a community figure out how to scale this to likely ongoing needs post-pandemic - recognizing needs will be different and perhaps less, but still significant for long-term learning, for both kids and adults? How determine the needs and the resulting costs going forward?
russell nordquist
01:03:23
If I got something wrong let me know
Aqua Porter
01:05:33
Email me at aqua.porter@uwrochester.org
Simeon Banister
01:05:45
sbanister@racf.org
Jackie Campbell
01:07:27
jackie@thechildrensagenda.org
Larry Marx
01:13:04
Larry@thechildrensagenda.org
Corinda Crossdale
01:13:21
i have to attend another meeting great information! Thank you to the sponsor of todays session.
Jackie Dozier
01:14:15
I too have another meeting to attend. Great information. Thank you.
Rashad J. Smith
01:14:52
A great resource to refer to when doing this work is XQ Institute. The XQ Project speaks to how we “Reimagine” school by working with students, families, community, schools and systems. Check out https://xqsuperschool.org/
Chris Dandino, GRASSA/RACFI
01:17:56
Sorry I need to attend another meeting.
Patricia Leo
01:19:33
Appreciate inclusion of rural families.
Gladys Pedraza-Burgos ABC
01:21:22
Definitely a social justice issue
russell nordquist
01:22:35
Will these slides be available somewhere? So much good info in them.....
Simeon Banister
01:23:33
Russell, they’ll be posted on the Roc the Future’s website.
JGEH
01:24:21
Refugees
Rashad J. Smith
01:24:24
Refugees
Rashad J. Smith
01:25:12
Deaf and hard of hearing community
Dirk
01:25:15
Briefly mentioned but really important children 0 to 3 and their families
Kilolo Moyo-White, RTF
01:25:15
Deaf/ non hearing communities
Stacey Martin FLDIC
01:25:49
For folks that are interested in learning more about digital inclusion work on a national level, and what we can bring back to our local area, I definitely recommend checking out the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) https://www.digitalinclusion.org/ - they have been a wonderful resource for our work in the rural areas of the Finger Lakes with the Finger Lakes Digital Inclusion Coalition
Patricia Leo
01:26:19
Encourage thinking about access for all people and being inclusive of all people.
Kamran Zaman
01:28:11
I agree NDIA is a good resource
Rashad J. Smith
01:29:19
Also, blind and visually impaired community. In a new digital world, how do we help our blind, visually impaired brothers and sisters. Very interested in understanding what that might look like.
Holli Budd
01:31:00
GREAT session…many thanks for bringing us all together for this critical conversation and continuing the dialogue.
Tammy Mayberry
01:31:34
Thanks for a very informative session
Marc Cohen
01:32:03
Thanks for this presentation!!
Simeon Banister
01:42:35
https://mitsloan.mit.edu/press/jump-starting-america-new-book-mits-jonathan-gruber-and-simon-johnson-argues-public-investment-science-key-to-revving-u-s-growth-engine