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Tools to bridge the digital divide

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, September 11, 2018) - The Berkeley Public Library and partners will host a Tech Fair on Saturday intended to provide low-income households with computers and low-cost internet access - critical tools to engage in society today. 

Low-income households will qualify for a refurbished, desktop computer at no cost as well as Comcast internet service for $9.95 a month.OED IT Tech Exchange 2018-09-11

Come if you're interested and spread the word to others.

Berkeley Tech Fair
Berkeley Central Library, Community Meeting Room
Saturday, September 15.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, Ca 94704
Free. No registration required.

The fair is sponsored by the City of Berkeley, Tech Exchange and Comcast Internet Essentials. Access to the Internet and digital tools are crucial to gain skills, look for jobs, apply for those positions, and access healthcare. But that access is not equitably spread.

 "50% of low-income households don't have a computer and internet at home, an urgent issue for our community to thrive," said Tech Exchange's Executive Director Seth Hubbert. "We want to ensure that all members of our community have resources, tools, and skills they need to be productive online."

No documents are needed is needed to attend the event; all community members needing computers, internet access or other digital inclusion services are welcome.

Tech Exchange provide computers to participants, regardless of documentation. Comcast Internet Essentials allows a wide variety of documents to prove eligibility. Tech Exchange also has low-cost offers with a variety of eligibility requirements -- and some with no eligibility requirements.

The Berkeley Public Library's five locations all have computers with Internet access available to all. The library also hosts regular, free events that range from beginning computer classes to sessions where people come together to teach each other how to code.

In addition to learning about programs and services to improve digital connectivity, attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about other resources that address unequal health outcomes in our community, such as Healthy Black Families Inc. and the City of Berkeley Black Infant Health.

The Berkeley Tech Fair is part of a larger effort by the City's Department of Information Technology and the Office of Economic Development to address Berkeley's  "digital divide" and access to technology, such as high-speed internet access.

Come out to the Tech Fair and spread the word to others who may benefit!


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