Having access to broadband Internet is something many people take for granted – unless, of course, they don’t have it, which is the case for roughly one million New Yorkers. In the 21st century, this means that those million New Yorkers are far behind when it comes to things like developing digital skills, accessing healthcare information, finding a job or getting information vital to public safety. A lack of affordable options and low digital literacy skills are holding back 30% of New Yorkers who aren’t already connected to broadband.
That’s why the New York State Broadband Program Office created the NYS Broadband Adoption Task Force, and The LAMP is honored to be among the appointees to the committee. At the first meeting of the NYS Broadband Adoption Task Force in Albany, The LAMP’s Executive Director D.C. Vito joined other committee members to discuss standards in digital literacy and make recommendations for increased broadband use in New York homes and communities.
“The task force recognizes that simply providing access to broadband Internet connections isn’t enough,” said Mr. Vito. “There have to be concerted efforts on a statewide level that demonstrate the excitement, the quality of life enhancement and the essential need for everyone to be digitally literate.”
This appointment follows on the heels of The LAMP’s efforts with NY State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and other media literacy education leaders, like Michelle Ciulla Lipkin of NAMLE, Rhys Daunic of The Media Spot and The LAMP’s co-founder Dr. Katherine Fry, to pass statewide legislation around media literacy requirements. Stay tuned for more on our adventures in Albany!