Digital Inclusion & Equity

Bridging the digital divide.

Detroit recognizes that persistent access barriers to universal availability, affordability and adoption are public domain concerns. Relying on private industry solutions to address these critical public needs alone has only delayed the development of effective solutions and exacerbated inequalities. Solutions to these insidious inequities will require informed public policies coupled with targeted public investments. 

Detroit will use public funding, to support public investment, and create an Open Fiber Network. 


Policy Statement for Digital Access Policy and Strategic Infrastructure Plan

In pursuit of digital access equity, the policy of Detroit is:

  • Focus on universal access and affordability for all Detroiters over all other digital access concerns. 
  • Focus on elimination (cure) over amelioration (treatment) of root causes, favoring the use of public funding on investments in long term sustainable capital solutions, such as publicly owned digital access infrastructure, rather than short term unsustainable solutions, such as public subsidies made to private service providers. 
  • Create local value for Detroit.
  • Leverage existing investments and institutions for support. 
  • Use the infrastructure as a platform for equity and innovation. 





Home Pilot Project

Do you live in HOPE Village? Sign-up to participate in the Fiber to the Home Pilot Project.

Don’t live in HOPE Village? Complete Detroit’s Broadband Survey

The Department of Innovation and Technology is conducting this Broadband Internet Survey for the purpose of gathering information from citizens of the city on their desire to obtain residential high-speed Broadband ("Internet") plans from Internet Service Providers ("ISP"). The data collected through this Survey will assist DoIT in determining the demand and need for and promote access to residential high-speed, fiber-based Internet in and around your community.

If you have questions about this survey, please email the Office of Digital Inclusion & Equity, Department of Innovation and Technology at [email protected].

Thank you in advance for participating in this survey, your feedback is extremely important to us!




Join Connect 313 to help us close the digital divide!


Need assistance paying for the internet? Call (313) 241-7618 to speak with a local Detroiter and find out more about the American Connectivity Plan.