In some circles, bi-partisanship seems to be a thing of the past. All across the country from local to federal governments, elected officials to community advocates, people are lining up along party lines and few dare cross, not even for the sake of actually moving the country forward.
That’s where groups like the newly formed NTAAC step in. NTAAC, or the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council, is a coalition of elected officials from all over the country who have consistently made increased access to technology a part of their civic platforms. The groups consists of members who are dedicated to securing public and private sector funding to support sustainable broadband adoption initiatives.
The 80-member bi-partisan coalition has set out to increase broadband adoption rates in in unserved and underserved communities.
While the members of the NTAAC come from communities with unique constituents and needs, we share a common vision in the need of 21st century technology in improving the economic, education and health outcomes of our communities, said Michigan State Representative, Maureen L. Stapleton (District 4-Detroit), a Co-Chair of the NTAAC
One Economy, a global non-profit focused on ensuring universal broadband and delivering technology and information to low-income people, launched the group in February. As its stated mission,
NTAAC convenes, supports and empowers local and state governments in their effort to leverage broadband to improve their communities and the lives of their constituents. The Council represents the interests of their constituents as it relates to policy, legislative and administrative developments on the national level, and together they will generate a blueprint on how local elected officials can utilize various broadband technologies to drive workforce development, education improvement, and economic growth.
At an official launch event, White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra delivered the keynote address, in which he stated he was hopeful One Economy’s NTAAC “will be a strong partner” in achieving the goals of innovation and universal broadband as laid out by the Obama Administration.
Co-Chair and Birmingham City Councilor Johnathan F. Austin (District 5) shared,
One Economy and this council have a wealth of knowledge, ideas, expertise and partnerships that can, and will create a sustainable broadband adoption program nationwide.