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The Digital Equity Landscape: Updates and Insights

October 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Government Technology GovTech Webinars

People need proper skills and technology to participate in the digital economy. But today, millions of households don’t have access to broadband infrastructure, may face affordability challenges or lack the digital literacy that can connect them to well-paying jobs.

Fortunately, steps are being taken to improve access across the country. Funds from the Digital Equity Act – a provision of the IIJA that provides money for literacy, accessibility and equity initiatives – are set to be released early next year. This presents an exciting opportunity for the public sector to transform its processes and make services more accessible and efficient.

Review new survey findings on how state leaders are structuring digital equity programs and the challenges they face during a live webinar hosted by Government Technology and Verizon on October 19, 2023, at 10 AM PT/ 1 PM ET.

You’ll learn:

  • Key findings from exclusive survey data on the latest digital equity initiatives
  • The funding resources governments are using to support equity programs
  • The tools agencies are using to connect constituents to services


Jessica Roth

Director of Public Sector, Southeast US, Verizon

Jessica Roth is the Director of Public Sector for the Southeast US at Verizon. She has 19 years of experience working with state and local governments, as well as educational institutions, to provide telecommunication and connected solutions that meet their unique needs. Jessica is passionate about using technology to not only solve business problems but improve the lives of others. She is a strong advocate for digital equity and inclusion, and she is committed to helping public sector organizations leverage technology to deliver better services to their constituents. In addition to her professional experience, Jessica has raised 3 daughters and enjoys spending time with family, traveling and volunteering for various dog rescues in the Carolinas.

Todd Sander — Moderator

Vice President, Center for Digital Government and Governing Institute

Todd Sander is Vice President of the Center for Digital Government and Governing Institute. He previously served as the CIO of the Lower Colorado River Authority and as CIO/Assistant City Manager for the City of Tucson, AZ, and Deputy CIO for the State of Washington.



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