Access to affordable internet has become as essential as clean water and electricity. While Seattle IT has been at the forefront of advancing digital equity over the last 25 years since the first Digital Equity Initiative in 1996, the pandemic has magnified the digital inequities in key demographic groups lacking high-speed internet and devices needed for school and work.   

Over the last year, the City has undergone significant change, as our region moved through various phases of the coronavirus response plan and measures to ensure our safety. During this time, the City has looked to the Internet for All Action Plan as a framework to move closer to our goal of universal internet adoption. The City and our public and private sector partners have strived to make a positive impact, despite working within constrained resources. We focused on activities to meet immediate needs, like distributing devices, hotspots and vital information to community, as well as laying the groundwork for the future by establishing new partnerships, enhancing our technology infrastructure and tracking legislative opportunities. 

The metrics provide both a high-level look and detailed data of the activity in our region as we track progress towards the Internet for All Seattle action plan objectives: 

  • Support Seattle Public Schools' efforts to increase and improve student-household internet access and quality.
  • Foster up to 20,000 internet connections & devices for underserved.
  • For the 2023 Technology Access and Adoption Study, the data points toward universal internet adoption.
  • Significantly increase the internet adoption rate for households with annual incomes under $25,000.

April 2021

Seattle IT presented the 2021 Internet for All Seattle Update Report at the May 19 City Council Transportation and Utilities Committee (presentation).

Sept. 2020

The first Internet for All Seattle Report was published September 2020 and outlined short term actions and long term solutions to increase access and adoption of affordable and reliable internet service.

July 2020

Res. 31956 adopted by Council & signed by the Mayor.