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City’s Bridging the Digital Divide Program Fosters Connectivity

COVID-19 has shifted the way we interact with one another and has highlighted barriers to staying connected with friends, family, school and the community.

The City of Boulder recognizes that not everyone has access to the tools and technology they need to stay connected during the pandemic.

To help bridge this gap, the city launched its Bridging The Digital Divide program in October. This program, now complete, was geared toward adults age 55+ and K-12 children who have been impacted by COVID-19 and was funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Under the program, more than 530 devices were distributed for free to older adults and families with school age children, including Chromebooks, iPads and hotspots. Because of this effort, members of the community are better able to participate in remote learning, locate public health information and counter social isolation.

“The response to this program was stunning,” said Eden Bailey, Older Adult Services Manager. “Bridging The Digital Divide met an immediate need for many of our community members. We will continue to identify ways to match people with the resources they need to stay connected.”

The city, in partnership with health officials, will continue to monitor and provide updates on COVID-19. Visit bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus for the latest information.

Media Contacts:
Eden Bailey, Older Adult Services, 303-441-4439
Aimee Schumm, Boulder Public Library, 303-441-4103
Julie Causa, Media Relations, 719-396-1733

Published Jan. 5, 2021