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The Digital Equity Act Would Be a Start, but We Must Do More

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University of Maine

Originally Published as "The Digital Equity Act Would Be a Start, but We Must Do More," Bangor Daily News, July 27, 2021.

Last month, Maine Sen. Angus King introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing the sustained digital divide. The Digital Equity Act would establish two Federal grant programs that empower states and local communities to close the digital divide and promote digital equity.

The National Digital Equity Center, a digital literacy leader in Maine, advocates for digital equity as “necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.”