The Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition (PDEC) will initiate a series of public community feedback meetings with the first session happening on May 4, 2023. Details will be made available about how the public can participate on the new PDEC website, which launched today. This first session will focus on the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal subsidy enacted in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act of 2021.
ACTION: Notice of open meetings.
DATES: The community feedback meetings will be held at various dates and times from May – July 2023. Information to be posted at https://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/pdec
ADDRESSES: The session will be held virtually as well as in person. Information to be posted at https://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/pdec
The PDEC has identified four key action areas as critical to developing practical guidelines that address the digital gap in the City of Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County. The four key action areas are:
In their final report, due this summer, PDEC will provide specific recommendations to address each of the four areas. Broader recommendations currently include:
Currently, each key action area has a committee group assigned to it. Committee members draw their ideas from sector experience, professional relationships with communities, and public service experience. Each committee is asked to listen and collect input from the public based on the belief that representing all voices is a necessary starting point for all digital equity work.
PDEC was announced in September 2022 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey. It is a working group of large and small organizations in Allegheny County that endeavor to promote digital equity using their intimate knowledge of the region's digital needs across a variety of communities. The coalition will produce and implement a 5-year plan to address the digital divide in Allegheny County by the end of 2027.