The Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) is a collaboration between Allied Media Projects (AMP) and the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) to ensure that more Detroit residents have the tools to leverage digital technologies for social and economic development. The work is guided by a set of EII Working Principles.
The goals of this initiative are to:
- Increase Internet access through the distribution of shared Gigabit Internet connections in three underserved neighborhoods
- Increase Internet adoption through a Digital Stewards training program that prepares residents of those same neighborhoods with the skills necessary to bring their communities online
- Increase pathways for youth into the opportunities of Detroit’s burgeoning Innovation District through intermediate and advanced digital literacy trainings
To achieve these goals, DCTP partnered with three anchor organizations in 2016: BLVD Harambee/Church of the Messiah, Grace in Action, and the North End Woodward Community Coalition. These three community anchor organizations each implemented EII programs in their respective neighborhoods. 150 households have been connected, and each network continues to be built up so they can become self-sustainable into the future.