The Fund for Digital Equity
3 billion people lack access to the internet.
They are falling further behind as society digitalizes around them.
- Generous estimates say almost 3 billion people have no internet access. Billions more lack affordable, fast, reliable internet.
- Traditional telecom operators have not and will not solve this problem. Current government efforts, though welcome, will not get the job done.
- A growing ecosystem of community networks, municipal providers, and social enterprises are connecting the unconnected — but they lack the kinds of capital they need.
- By investing in these community connectivity providers (CCPs) we support underserved communities to build and operate their own digital infrastructure — the first step toward achieving digital equity.
The costs of digital inequity are real:
1 in 3 kids, unable to connect during the pandemic, are losing a year or more of education.
Poverty is surging as people are unable to pivot to remote work or find jobs online.
It’s increasingly difficult to register to vote or participate in democracy without internet access.
Communities of color are disproportionately underconnected due to persistent digital redlining.
Billions unable to book a vaccine appointment or access government services.
Alongside our partners, we employ a holistic approach to achieving digital equity:
Digitalization is happening.
Digital equity depends on all of us.