FCC Set to Propose National Digital Literacy Corps

Yesterday, at the FCC's Digital Inclusion Summit, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn voiced her commitment to ensuring that all Americans have the digital literacy skills to use the web safely and effectively.

The proposed National Digital Literacy Corps would be similar to AmeriCorps, providing volunteers to communities with low broadband adoption rates. Volunteers would train people to get online and use the web. The Corps would be the central feature of a broader National Digital Literacy Program, which would also invest in libraries and community centers and create an Online Skills Portal to provide more free digital literacy training.

Commissioner Clyburn identified literacy as a major reason non-adopters fail to get online, as well as affordability and understanding the relevance of the web to their lives.

Read more about the summit at PC World, or download Commissioner Clyburn's full statement here [pdf].

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