Digital Equity Forum

Washington state is listening to community ideas for ways to advance digital equity.

Access to broadband services is essential and Washington residents are still struggling to get online. The state’s goal is to provide all residents access to high-speed broadband – 150 Megabits per second download and upload – by 2028.

The Washington State Office of Equity and the Washington State Broadband Office are partnering to convene and co-chair a Digital Equity Forum. The forum will include representation by:

  • Tribal governments
  • Underserved and unserved communities, including historically disadvantaged communities
  • State legislators
  • State Agencies

Digital Equity Forum Membership List

The Digital Equity Forum expects to meet through October 2022 and is holding community listening sessions to ensure that community stories and voices are heard. Community listening sessions will reflect different community perspectives and interests for broadband access, affordability, and digital literacy. Information on how to participate in listening sessions will be provided through our email distribution list. Community listening sessions will be focused on the following key questions:

  • Have you experienced anything that kept you from feeling connected to the internet? If yes, what are the challenges?
  • What do you need to be able to use the internet for your personal life?
  • What do you need to be able to use the internet for your work or job?
  • What could state government do to help support your needs for using the internet?

By January 2023, the Digital Equity Forum will develop recommendations for the Legislature. The forum will consider all voices in developing recommendations that:

To learn more about the work of the Digital Equity Forum and how to become involved, email us at: digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov

The Digital Equity Forum is committed to hosting accessible events that promote belonging, justice, and dignity. To request communication services (interpreters, written information in other languages, or other services) or accommodations, please call (360) 688-3472 or 711 (Telephone Relay Service), or email digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov. Please make requests at least 14 days in advance of the event to allow time to make the proper arrangements.


Email Updates

For email updates, please email digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov
and ask to be added to our distribution list. 

When will the Digital Equity Forum meet?

Due to the statewide emergency related to COVID-19 meetings are planned to be held virtually. If in-person meetings become possible, the time and location will be updated on this project website. The schedule is subject to change.

The meeting agenda and recording for the December 9th meeting can be found below. 

Watch the Forum

Passcode:digitalequity!1

Digital Equity Forum Meeting Packet

National Digital Inclusion Alliance Presentation

Digital Equity Forum Meeting Recap

 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Meeting materials and agenda will be posted approximately one week prior to this meeting. 

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Meeting materials and agenda will be posted approximately one week prior to this meeting. 

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Meeting materials and agenda will be posted approximately one week prior to this meeting. 

The WSBO and the Office of Equity are partnering to hold a Digital Equity Forum. The forum will include representation by tribal governments, underserved and unserved communities, including historically disadvantaged communities, state agencies, and state legislators. The public is invited to participate in meetings and listening sessions, which will be scheduled through November 2022. The Forum will consider all voices in developing recommendations to advance access, affordability, and digital literacy in Washington state.

Learn more about the Digital Equity Forum

Information on how to participate and attend these meetings, as well as any changes to the schedule will be provided on this project website as well as sent out to a distribution list. 

The Digital Equity Forum is listening! Please sign up for one of our upcoming community listening sessions today.

  • March 29 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • March 30 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
  • May 10 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • May 11 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

To sign up, please email digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov, or call (360) 688-3472. 

To arrange for language accessibility provisions please provide 14 days advance notice to allow time to make the proper arrangements.  

To send a comment to the Digital Equity Forum, please contact us at the address below:

 

By email: digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov. 

By mail:

Digital Equity Forum care of Washington State Broadband Office PO Box 42525, Olympia , WA, 98504.

Dr. Karen Johnson
Director
Washington State Office of Equity
karen.johnson@equity.wa.gov
360.480.7453

Ernie Rasmussen
Digital Equity Manager
Washington State Broadband Office
ernie.rasmussen@commerce.wa.gov
360.764.3182