The National Digital Equity Center is a DBA of Axiom Education & Training Center, a 501c3 nonprofit based in Machias, Maine. The National Digital Equity Center has offices in Wiscasset and Machias, Maine and staff are located statewide.
The National Digital Equity Center is committed to closing the Digital Divide in Maine and across the United States. We are proponents of Digital Equity, a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
The National Digital Equity Center advocates for Digital Inclusion which includes Affordable Broadband, Affordable Equipment and Public Computer Access. The National Digital Equity Center is focused on creating digitally literate citizens across Maine and beyond, providing communities with the expertise to mobilize broadband technologies through digital inclusion and literacy efforts.
Across the United States, and in Maine, accessible, reliable, and affordable broadband service continues to be out of reach for millions of Americans and thousands of Mainers, many of whom live in low-income, rural households. This gap in adoption of high-speed internet and the lack of skills needed to use broadband-enabled tools in meaningful ways continue to be a lag on the economy.
While much of the attention tends to focus on connecting homes and businesses to the internet, another serious concern is emerging… how to leverage the internet beyond the typical uses of email and streaming television content. Increasingly, homes and businesses that have internet may not be leveraging the full power of that connection and even more concerning, those that are just getting an internet connection, or the 1000s of homes and businesses that are still waiting for a connection, may not fully understand the capability and value of an internet connection.
The National Digital Equity Center is proud to provide communities with the expertise needed to mobilize broadband technologies through digital inclusion, literacy efforts, education, resource planning, funding research, infrastructure leveraging and stakeholder engagement.