In 2021, The Connective convened several regional entities along with local governments to form the Greater Phoenix Broadband Task Force, including Maricopa County and a technical advisory team led by ASU and the Digital Equity Institute. The task force's goal was to build a region where every person is a fully engaged and active participant in shaping the future of the community in which they live. Now, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to provide ASU and its collaborators $34.6 million through 2026 to advance this effort and provide broadband connectivity, community support, equipment, and training across Maricopa County. The funding makes ASU home to the largest university-led digital equity initiative in the country.
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