About the Digital Inclusion Fund
The Digital Inclusion Fund was created as a provision of the City of Minneapolis’ contract with U.S. Internet. As plans were being developed for the wireless project, community technology advocates pushed for measures to promote equitable access to the new technology. Among other community benefit provisions in the contract are:
compliance with the living wage ordinance
development of up to 90 community log-in sites with multi-lingual functionality
training, support and volunteers for Community Technology Centers
and an annual fundraising event to support efforts to close the digital divide
The fund's purpose is to increase technology access and skills among non-traditional users of technology, including people with disabilities, people of color, low-income individuals, new immigrants, displaced workers, seniors and others.
The fund was established with an initial $200,000 contribution in 2007. An additional $300,000 was contributed to the fund after the wireless network was completed in early 2008. In subsequent years, a perentage of USIW's revenue from wireless subscriptions will go into the fund.
The Digital Inclusion Fund was established as a Donor Advised Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. Representatives from the community, the City of Minneapolis, and U.S. Internet Wireless serve as advisors to the fund.