Tech Policy Bank Update -- July 2003

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Tue Jul 1 19:30:50 CDT 2003

Those of you interested in technology and organizing may find 
these resources of interest.

From:  "The Children's Partnership" 
<frontdoor at>

Tech Policy Bank has been updated with new materials.  In this 
installment, we have compiled existing resources and created some new 
ones to help increase technology-related opportunities for youth and 
low-income communities.

******What's New on - July 2003****** offers ideas and information to help decisionmakers
address the Digital Divide (

Resources from The Children's Partnership (TCP) and Our Partners

 Cable Franchise Renewal - The successful renegotiation of local 
cable franchise agreements has resulted in new resources for 
community technology in cities such as Cleveland 
(, Seattle 
(, and Atlanta 
(  Based upon city 
efforts that have both successfully and unsuccessfully addressed 
community technology needs, TCP has developed two tip sheets to help 
community technology advocates get involved successfully in this 

 How Community Leaders Can Address Local Technology Needs Through 
The City Cable Franchise Renewal: Suggested Steps 
( - offers steps 
and strategies that can be used by community advocates to ensure that 
community technology needs are addressed.

 Supporting Community Technology Programs Through Cable Franchise 
Negotiations: What Policymakers And Advocates Can Ask For 
( - suggests services that 
can be requested based upon what some cities have been able to obtain 
during their cable franchise renewal and what services cable 
operators currently offer.

 Making an Impact with Policymakers - Community technology advocates 
in California and Illinois have gained the attention of policymakers 
by organizing a day when community technology advocates and 
supporters meet in the state capitol.  Participants learned about 
advocacy and the policymaking process, met with their elected 
officials, and spread the word about the importance of community 
technology.  Read more about what happened in California 

 e-Government Online Exchange - Innovative e-Government projects was 
the recent topic of discussion on Contentbank's Online Exchange. 
During this discussion, participants presented their e-Government 
projects, which included setting up "e-gov" centers where local 
residents use computer terminals to access online government 
services, register to vote, and connect to the democratic process. 
Local e-Government programs have been initiated by Fairfax County, VA 
(, the California Community Technology 
Policy Group (, and the City of Seattle 
(  Read a summary of the exchange and a 
listing of e-Government resources at 

 Policy Strategies for Sustainable Funding - On June 27, 2003, The 
Children's Partnership participated on a policy panel at the annual 
CTCNet conference in Washington, D.C.  TCP presented research on 
policies community technology advocates could pursue to access 
sustainable sources of funding in these tough economic times.  The 
materials that accompanied this presentation included:

 Connecting After-School and Community Technology Efforts 

 How Community Technology Programs Can Use Federal Workforce 
Investment Dollars to Prepare Youth for Jobs 

 PowerPoint presentation suggesting various funding strategies 

 An Update to "States Move Ahead in 2002" - This revised summary of 
2002 action includes several new updates. This research summary 
provides examples of what states accomplished during tight fiscal 
times to increase technology access.  We have added California's 
ballot initiative ( 
that increases the amount of available after-school funding to $550 
million per year.  We have also added a program in Kansas 
( funded by 
telecommunications surcharges to finance a broadband technology-based 
network to which schools, libraries, and hospitals may connect for 
broadband Internet access and intranet access for distance learning.

 Telecommunications Discounts - The California Community Technology 
Policy Group (CCTPG) has been urging policymakers to make 
telecommunications programs more accessible to community-based 
organizations.  CCTPG has produced a number of policy documents:

 The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) 
( - This program is 
similar to e-Rate, offering discounts on advanced telecommunications 
services.  This briefing sheet recommends program changes to make the 
fund more accessible to community-based organizations.

 Implementation of SB 1863 
( - CCTPG 
advocated for the passage of this bill, which increases the CTF 
discounts for community-based organizations and explicitly makes 
community technology programs eligible for these discounts.  Read the 
recommendations CCTPG made on its implementation.

 Press Releases by the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC 
( and CCTPG 
( on CTF - The 
PUC and CCTPG claimed victory on making CTF more accessible and 
friendly to community-based organizations (CBOs).  Read the about the 
new program details.

Other New Resources - Our extensive online directory includes new 
listings, such as:

 A Computer for Every Lap ( (George Lucas 
Educational Foundation)
Highlights a forward-looking initiative that provided every Maine 
seventh grader with a laptop computer.

 The Maine Learning Technology Initiative: Teacher, Student, and 
School Perspectives Mid-Year Evaluation Report 
( (Maine Education Policy Research 
Reports positive learning outcomes from an initiative that gave every 
seventh grade student in Maine a laptop.

 Technology Counts 2003: Pencils Down: Technology's Answer to 
Testing ( (Education Week)
Examines educational technology and computer-based testing in the 50 
states and the District of Columbia.

 Connected to the Future 
( (Corporation for Public 
Reports on how children use the Internet.

 Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy 
( (Educational 
Testing Service)
Examines the increasing importance of Information and Communication 
Technologies (ICT) Literacy.

 Getting Online 2.0: A Small-Town Guide to Creating 21st-Century 
Communities ( (National Center 
for Small Communities)
Provides leaders in small communities with information about getting 
their communities connected.

 Technology and Grit at the Grassroots: Information Technology, 
Community Engagement, and Jobs in Distressed Rural Communities 
( (National Center for Small 
Identifies and explores effective technology-led economic development 
strategies for distressed, rural communities.

 Conectados: Connecting Los Angeles' Underserved Communities 
( (Tomas Rivera Policy 
Assesses the availability of community technology centers in 
underserved communities in the Los Angeles area, and whether these 
centers are meeting the information and communication needs of 
low-income and minority communities, particularly Latino communities.

 A Broadband World: The Promise of Advanced Services 
(Benton Foundation and the Alliance for Public Technology)
Offers 12 case studies of innovative uses of broadband services in 
U.S. communities.

 The Sustainability Challenge: Taking EdTech to the Next Level 
(Benton Foundation)
Cautions the over $40 billion investment in educational technology, 
or edtech, may be at risk.

For Up to Date Federal Developments

Digital Empowerment Campaign ( - 
Web site offering information on the Technology Gap

TCP in the News:

 Cable Franchise Renewal Offers Opportunities for Community 
Technology Programs (Technicity Times , Issue 3 - June 2003)

 E-Government: Strategies for Community Technology (Community 
Technology Review, spring 2003)

 Closing the Content Gap: A Content Evaluation and Creation Starter 
Kit (Community Technology Review, summer 2003)

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