PURPOSE:

Digital Equity & Inclusion

We champion digital equity and inclusion.

The digital economy has exposed the need for digital equity. Sology Solutions is committed to closing the digital equity gap by working with partners and customers to deliver broadband and other technologies to underserved communities.

As an MBE technology firm, our mission extends beyond business; we are driven by a commitment to social impact, aiming to contribute positively to the communities we engage with.  Through our projects, partners, and employees we look to assist in improving digital literacy and the adoption of technology for digital equity in a digital economy.

We stand behind initiatives aimed at driving social change and addressing the injustices and inequities present in our nation. Join us on our journey with purposeful leaders from the community and business sectors as they share their stories of making a meaningful difference on The Road to Why podcast.

What Is Digital Equity & Digital Inclusion?

Digital Equity:

The condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy.

Digital Inclusion:

The necessary activities (as shown on the chart) to ensure that everyone, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of.

Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. It requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.

Source: NDIA

The Digital Equity Act

In 2021, the U.S. Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act which includes a $65 billion broadband proposal, designed to “connect every American to reliable high-speed internet”.  As part of the bill, $2.75 billion is allocated to the Digital Equity Act, which includes state grants being managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

NTIA is looking to the states to use these funds not only for broadband deployment, but to also create a positive economic impact through training, reskilling and workforce development. It is projected that an estimated 7 million new jobs will be created if this is done effectively.

As a result, states are entering into private / public partnerships to accomplish this work. They need experienced technology partners to reach the outcome of an equitable economy.

Sology is a leading digital equity partner because we are:

  • Connecting the unconnected, bringing broadband into underserved communities
  • Small, agile organization better positioned than large corporations to make a direct impact
  • Intentional at reskilling, educating, hiring, and mentoring local talent
  • Teaming up with partners with a shared vision
  • Passionate and committed to bring about change – and to change lives

Our Work in Digital Equity & Inclusion

Our commitment to digital equity and inclusion shows up in our projects, our partnerships and personal involvement in our own community.

Student Freedom Initiative

As an African American Cisco Partner Program member, we work with the Student Freedom Initiative to drive technical excellence and IT modernization at HBCUs through technical expertise.

High School Mentorship

We partner with Cisco to adopt local Dallas-area high schools to provide mentoring and education in technology, while introducing students to work and career opportunities.

All Stars Project — Dallas

Sology actively supports the local Dallas chapter of All Stars Project, whose mission is to transform the lives of youth from poor and underserved communities in partnership with caring adults.

Featured Article

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Dynamo article featuring Sology Solutions

“Addressing the problem starts with awareness – on both sides of the digital divide. Those of us with technology-privileged lives must be cognizant of the crisis at hand, who it affects, and the impact on our society as a whole. And those without access to technology need to understand the importance of digital literacy and the possibilities it can open.”