Every year, the Blandin on Broadband blog does County Broadband Profiles (and will do again when the new maps come out) but given federal opportunities are making it possible to get funding for access and adoption, I thought I’d try to present information for counties to assess their digital equity standing (see table below) and give options for who to contact locally for more information.
Anoka ranks 6 out of 87 counties for digital equity. There are a few categories where Anoka is weaker – bachelor’s degrees, high school diplomas and broadband access. Focusing on how technology can help increase educational attainment might be a way to emphasize the need and maximize the impact – especially with the population with a disability, where technology might be adaptive.
Scroll down for details and suggested resources for more information.
Blandin Foundation is using the Microsoft Digital Equity Tool to determine needs by county and make high level recommendations for next steps to consider based on the data. (With special thanks to Carter Grupp, Broadband Coordinator Broadband Coordinator at American Connection Project for Otter Tail County.) Visit the tool if you want to look up more statistics on your community.
Demographic Data and Ranking (out of 87)
|Access to 100/20||11|
|No HS degree||24|
|Below 150% poverty (last 12 months)||9|
|Below poverty (last 12 months)||7|
|No broadband access||23|
The map below shows digital inequity by census tract. The bluer the better; yellow and orange colors indicate more inequity. This map can be helpful in figuring out which parts of your county need the most help.
So where do you go to talk to people in the county about digit equity plans? Good places to start include:
- Metropolitan Library Service Agency(MELSA)
- Anoka-Hennepin Public School District (ISD #11)
Superintendent Kate Maguire
- Centennial Public School District (ISD #12)
Superintendent Jeffrey Holmberg
- Columbia Heights Public School District (ISD #13)
Superintendent Zena Stenvik
- Fridley Public School District (ISD #14)
Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel
- Saint Francis School District (ISD #15)
Superintendent Karsten Anderson
- Spring Lake Park School District (ISD #16)
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Ronneberg