Digital Equity and Inclusion

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. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services."

The NDIA defines digital inclusion as "the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged have access to and use of Information and Communication technologies" including access to devices, robust broadband internet and digital literacy training.

Mobile Hotspot Lending Programs

Mobile Beacon

Mobile Beacon is a national non-profit based in Rhode Island, dedicated to providing affordable, mobile, high-speed internet access to schools, libraries and nonprofits so they can better carry out their missions. They offer affordable, refurbished mobile hotspots that libraries can use or circulate.


T-Mobile provides discounted mobile hotspots and connected devices to schools, libraries and other non-profits. Contact regional representative Donna Monahan to learn more.

Sample Policies

Sample Lending Policies

To learn more about mobile hotspot lending programs in Rhode Island Libraries, see Providence Public Library's and Providence Community Library's policies for lending their mobile hotspots.

Digital Equity

Everyone On

Everyone On

OLIS is a Digital Equity Champion through the organization Everyone On, a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. You can refer patrons to the unique OLIS URL, so that we can trace the RI library impact on broadband access. You may also print and share promotional fliers in English and Spanish or download to the toolkit for your use.

Nicolette Baffoni
Adult Services Coordinator