Cable Co-op leads the way for community Digital Equity & Inclusion. By forging relationships with other community organizations we are demonstrating how a member-owned, nonprofit should be operating and how our community can benefit from our efforts.
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) defines digital equity as “a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy.”
What is the difference between Digital Equity and Digital Inclusion?
The simplest way to think of the intersection of these two terms is that Digital Equity is the “what” (goals) and Digital Inclusion is the “how” (activities).
Cable Co-op provides Digital Equity and Digital Inclusion via programs that we have created. As a member-owned nonprofit we pride ourselves in the support we give to our community.
We currently provide Digital Equity via three programs. The “Helping with Homework” and “Helping with Households” programs provide wireless internet at a discounted rate and require no installation fees, contracts, hidden costs, or taxes.
Our “ Helping with Homework ” program ensures households with school age children have internet access so children can access educational materials to help with school related homework and projects. The participants in this program are vetted via the Oberlin Schools.
Our “ Helping with Households ” program ensures households that need internet access has it, whether for medical, employment, or other needed resources. The participants in this program are vetted via Oberlin Community Services.
Bark is designed to protect children and community members from the potential dangers associated with online activities. In a effort to create a safer digital environment, we are now offering Bark, a comprehensive parental control tool. In collaboration with The City of Oberlin's Equity Division, we are delighted to make Bark available to our members at a special rate of just $4.95 per month, a significant 60% discount off the retail price. This initiative has garnered the endorsement of the Oberlin Police Chief and has received widespread support from local schools, libraries, and various community partners who share our commitment to enhancing online safety in Oberlin.
Cable Co-op not only believes in community support, but we take direct action to support our community to the best of our ability. We create partnerships that help benefit our members and our community. We will only continue to grow stronger via partnerships we nurture and in turn help our community to grow in positive directions.