Digital equity ensures opportunities for Fairfax County residents to participate and engage in a connected community. The ability to access, understand and use digital tools is essential for many tasks in modern life, including applying for jobs, paying bills, enjoying recreational activities, completing homework, staying informed and connecting with government/community services.
Digital equity is a part of One Fairfax, which commits us to intentionally consider equity when making policies or delivering programs and services.
Ideal Digital Equity
In Fairfax County, the ideal state of digital equity means:
Affordable digital hardware and connections
Awareness of digital resources and services
Access to specific digital tools
Advancement of digital literacy skills
Our Countywide Strategic Plan also calls for expanding and enhancing the technology skills of learners of all ages, while eliminating barriers to digital access.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal FCC benefit that helps ensure households can afford broadband Internet for work, school, healthcare and more. Approximately 85% of eligible Fairfax County households are NOT signed up.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
Fairfax County has average download speeds well above the 100Mb/sec broadband standard. However, these speeds are not evenly distributed across the county. View data by download speeds, broadband access and more.