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From Sascha Meinrath at MuniWireless, we learn that the Chicago Digital Access Alliance have developed a 10-point set of principles for every locale to consider when tackling the issue of municipal WiFi and digital inclusion in general.
Here's a quick rundown (remember, drafted specifically for Chicago):
Digital excellence is an institutionally funded priority for Chicago.
Sound planning, evaluation and policy measures are critical to digital divide evaluation and digital excellence impact.
Universal access to high-speed connectivity is a public right and necessity.
Digital literacy and fluency are forms of human capital and require public investment.
Local infrastructure is necessary for community-driven content development.
Hardware tools must be available to all.
Environmentally sustainable best practices and innovations improve the health and well-being of all neighborhoods.
Our freedom to connect demands network neutrality and active monitoring for equitable service.
The global economy works for everyone: assure workforce development and first source hiring.
In strong neighborhood economies, entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.