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BET’s Proposal: Make the Internet More Accessible

Submitted by on April 22, 2010 – 12:20 pm5 Comments

Had a really interesting meeting yesterday with BET, where we heard more about their new proposal to close the digital divide and expand African American broadband access, usage and literacy. The proposal is currently in the hands of the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration, and BET is hoping for a grant so they can hit the GO button.

We are excited to partner with them to help make their vision possible. Their proposal seeks to address 3 key problems: awareness of broadband, relevance of broadband, and digital literacy. They’ve partnered with us at HealthCentral, National Urban League, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Kaplan Ventures,, One Economy Corporation, and – each working to “ensure successful execution of the project’s purpose in local communities throughout the US.”

Such an important issue, and we are honored to work with them to close the digital divide. Check out Susannah Fox’s Pew study, which found that “adults living with chronic disease are disproportionately offiline in an online world,” for more information on the digital gap and how it affects those with chronic health conditions.

More to come!

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