Connect.DC in the News

Tech Center Opening Brings a 'New Day' to Ward 8
Elevation DC
August 15, 2014
The tech demonstration center on the former campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital aims to elevate opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship in Congress Heights. The center includes two large demonstration and lecture halls, a “Digital Inclusion Center” with a state-of-the-art computer lab, conference area, and a reflection area. Read more

Building Effective Partnerships: Strategies to Increase Digital Access and Literacy
CitiesSpeak, the official blog of the National League of Cities
May 14, 2014
Guest post by Delano Squires, and the second in a series on how cities can improve digital literacy in their communities.  Mayor Vincent C. Gray has taken a number of steps to address the growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots by investing in technology training for DC's most disadvantaged residents and businesses. Read more

OCTO Does Digital Inclusion with Connect.DC
East of the River Magazine
April 7, 2014
"On March 25th, nonprofit executives, community leaders, and technologists convened at Arena Stage for 'Do Something Better: A Nonprofit Technology Summit.' It was one of the many ways Connect.DC, and offshoot of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), is trying to address [the digital divide]." Read more
St. Elizabeths east chapel to be renovated as interim 'innovation hub'
Washington Business Journal
January 27, 2014
Through a partnership with the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Connect.DC is supporting the build-out of a Digital Inclusion Center at the 14,600-square-foot St. Elizabeths east chapel.  The inclusion center will be a computer lab for the local community, for use by everyone from seniors to entrepreneurs. Read more
Small Businesses and Technology
The Kojo Nnamdi Show
September 10, 2013
Rob Mancini, the District’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Sarah Needleman, reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Marla Bilonick, Director of Small Business Development at the Latino Economic Development Center discuss bridging a digital gap among small businesses. Read more
 
The Power of Technology
Latino Economic Development Center Blog
June 26, 2013
Thanks to a public/private partnership between Connect.DC and the Latino Economic Development Center, DC-based small businesses participate in Getting Your Business Online - a training offered as part of the Small Business Success Project. Read more
National Day of Civic Hacking 2013
Sunlight Foundation
June 4, 2013
Connect.DC Director, Delano Squires joins National Civic Hacking Day, looking nationally to Connect Chicago as an example to improve DC’s Wifi Access Hot Spot map as part of creating a Connect.DC Technology User Profile. Read more

Closing the Digital Divide: Promoting Broadband Adoption Among Underserved Populations
ICF International
November 26, 2012
In this white paper, ICF International experts, in partnership with the National League of Cities, summarize current efforts--including OCTO's Connect.DC program--to address the challenges of broadband adoption at the U.S. federal, state, and local levels. Read more

DCWeek 2012 Ends on a Global Technology Stage
Metro Business Media
November 13, 2012
OCTO's Connect.DC Community Broadband Summit is highlighted as a popular event during Digital Capital Week 2012, an "outstanding gathering of the Metro-area’s brightest minds in the tech industry." Read more

Map of the Day: D.C. Internet on the Internet
The Atlantic Cities
September 3, 2012
D.C.'s Geographic Information System (GIS) announces new interactive broadband map, which shows internet connectivity data in bright, friendly colors. The broadband map is collaborative and engages community anchor institutions around the city. Article recognizes overarching goal of collecting data to help increase access. Read more

Is Broadband Must-Have Resource for Economic Recovery?
CNBC
July 16, 2012
The DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN) is lauded for recognizing broadband access as an important economic driver and working with private enterprise and community to implement a broadband for all business model. Read more

Promoting Digital Inclusion in the Nation's Capital
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
May 10, 2012
Angela Simpson, NTIA Chief of Staff, shares highlights from Connect.DC's Spring Community Broadband Summit and credits the District government for its tremendous digital inclusion effort. "It is gratifying to see all of these projects take shape and make such a difference right here in the nation’s capital," writes Simpson. Read more

Meet the New-ish Boss: Chief Technology Officer Rob Mancini
Washington City Paper
January 11, 2012
Chief Technology Officer Rob Mancini gives an exclusive, in-depth interview about OCTO's latest projects, including efforts to drive broadband adoption through the Digital Inclusion Initiative. Read more
DC Fiber Network Waiting for ISPs to Join
Government Technology
December 14, 2011
The DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN) looks to partner with Internet service providers to build out “last-mile” connectivity to homes and businesses in the District. Read more
Attacking the Connectivity Gap
Governing
October 2011
DC’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer is using federal stimulus grants to map broadband Internet access throughout the city, lay new fiber-optic cable in neighborhoods with low adoption rates, and launch education initiatives designed to boost awareness. Read more
Free computer classes at DC libraries help bridge digital divide
Washington Post
May 5, 2011
DC Public Library offers a PC Basics Course as a part of an effort to equip DC residents with essential computer skills. The program intends to train 1,600 by the end of 2012. Read more
Washington, DC, Addressing Digital Divide With New Fiber Network
Government Technology
March 31, 2011
District government breaks ground on a new fiber network—DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN)—rolling out high-speed Internet services to residents, businesses, schools libraries and other public centers. Read more