Texas Technology for All

Texas Technology for All

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced businesses, schools, and resources to move 100 percent online, making access to technology and technology skills a basic necessity in today's economy. However, not everyone has access to technology, yet alone technology skills, thus leaving behind those that are low-income, underserved, and underrepresented. 

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted those from underrepresented communities, exposing the negative effects of the digital divide and consequences of income inequalities. In Texas, more than two million households lack high-speed internet access and 4.1 million Texans are living in poverty.

In order to assist Texans with the most need, Austin Urban Technology Movement has partnered with other organizations to launch a regional campaign for low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities. Our Texas Technology for All campaign has three components:

1. Provide internet access for low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities. 

2. Connect low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities with technology devices (mobile hotspots and computers).

3. Upskill and reskill low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities to get into the tech industry and apply for the 1100 jobs (majority remote) we have on our job board.

This petition will:

1. Gather signatures for those that support providing internet access, technology devices, and upskilling opportunities for those that are low-income, underserved, and underrepresented.

2. Ask Governor Abbot to add Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM), and other organizations led by people from underserved communities, to the Broadband Development Council and Operation Connectivity.

Individuals and families needing access to technology or interested in training and development to enter the tech industry can complete a needs assessment on our website at www.autmtx.org under the home page banner.

If you would like to support our efforts with time, talent, or treasure, please email Austin Urban Technology Movement at contact@autmtx.org.