Digital Equity & Inclusion Initiative

UNITED TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

We seek to advance digital equity and inclusion in Eau Claire County by improving access to the internet, devices, digital skills training, and tech support for households faced with barriers. The internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity to connect students, workers, and families with the resources they need to succeed in the world. Whether its gaining education, accessing healthcare, managing finances, growing careers, or just connecting with family and friends, we know that those impacted by the digital divide do not have the same opportunity to participate in society.

 

WHY IT MATTERS

  • 93% of Americans use the internet 
  • Minorities, older generations, people with disabilities, low-income households, and rural communities are most at risk of being left behind
  • 4,688 households in Eau Claire County have no internet access
  • 5,964 individuals in Eau Claire County have no computer at home

WHAT WE WILL ACHIEVE

We will ensure digital equity & inclusion for all Eau Claire County residents. Residents will have the resources they need to access the internet that ensures affordability and easy adoption.

 

KEY TACTICS

  • Broadband – increase the number of reliable and affordable internet service connections.
  • Devices – increase supply of high-quality, cost-efficient devices.
  • Skills & Literacy – increase training for usage of devices.
  • Tech Support – increase tech support to assist residents with device issues.

Technology Resources

To find out if you qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), learn what documents you need to apply and how to connect to plans that are free with the ACP, click the button below.

You can also find the program guide below in various languages. These provide the same overview as the above Affordable Connectivity Program button, however, these are in print format.

También puede encontrar la guía del programa a continuación en varios idiomas.

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If you would like step-by-step instructions to walk you through the ACP application process, click the button below.

PCs for People partners with United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley to offer high-quality, cost-efficient refurbished devices to those who qualify. View eligibility information below. Order a device today or check back soon for upcoming device distributions.

Upcoming Device Distribution
Date and Location TBD. Please check back for updates.
Details/Instructions for how to register will be provided at that time.

 

Want a mail-in version of the device order form? Contact Amber Scharenbroch via email at digitalequity@uwgcv.org or phone at (715) 834-5043.

Technology Training | Computer Checkout | Hotspot Checkout 
Printing, Copying, Scanning | WiFi

Know of a resource that isn’t listed on our page? Contact Amber Scharenbroch via email at digitalequity@uwgcv.org or phone at (715) 834-5043.

Have a question? Contact Amber Scharenbroch via email at digitalequity@uwgcv.org or phone at (715) 834-5043.