“The Digital Stewards are young adults who unlock the world of technology through self-discovery, problem solving, and creative critical thinking. We bridge the digital divide using a diverse set of technology and media skills, empowering young people’s dreams and creating new levels of success.”
In 2006, Southeastern Massachusetts had communications problems. Inadequate bandwidth, limited broadband coverage, and poor cell phone service threatened to hold them back as the rest of the nation moved ahead. But that year an extraordinary public meeting of over a hundred local business, government, and community leaders tackled those problems head-on. Their conclusions:
- Future economic development would require a completely new telecommunications infrastructure advanced enough to attract new businesses.
- Our businesses and research institutions were finding it increasingly hard to compete globally due to the high cost and poor availability of broadband.
- Each year we were losing thousands of talented workers who sought better jobs elsewhere, where broadband opened new doors.
- Local government telecom and data system inefficiency often meant higher taxes and limited investments elsewhere.
- Our schools and colleges were falling behind urban schools in attracting the best educators and developing the most relevant academic programs.
- Our public safety officials were concerned that the lack of reliable communications networks could put our safety at risk.