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Which L.A. County communities are considered adversely impacted by the digital divide?

L.A. County communities where 20.1% to 100% of the households lack internet access are considered adversely impacted by the digital divide.  To view an interactive map of these communities, visit the Delete The Divide website and on the homepage click on the box that reads “Click Here to See the Divide”.

What are the benefits of becoming a Delete The Divide business member?
Delete The Divide provides direct access to numerous resources offered through our various partners. These offerings are designed to assist small businesses with enhancing their marketing and operations. Resources include access to free seminars, training programs, podcasts, conferences, networking opportunities, and support to expand an online presence via websites, social media and e-commerce.
Is there a membership fee?
No, membership is free.
What are the eligibility requirements to become a member?
To become a Delete The Divide member, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a small business enterprise located in Los Angeles County 
  • Operate in an underserved community with minimal or no internet access
  • Do not engage in illegal activities
What is considered a small business?

Los Angeles County uses the same criteria to define local small business as the State of California’s Department of General Services. The business must be:

  • Independently owned and operated.
  • Not dominant in field of operation.
  • Owners (officers, if a corporation) domiciled in California. Including affiliates, be either:
  • - A business with 100 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $15 million or less over the last 3 years; or
    - A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.
How do I sign-up?
Small business owners can submit an interest card online by clicking the gold “Sign-Up” button at the bottom right corner of the screen. Please email inquiries to info@DeleteTheDivide.org.
What is the “digital divide”?
The digital divide is the economic, educational and social inequalities between those who have computers and internet access and those who do not. 
Why is addressing the digital divide important?
Access to reliable internet service and digital literacy is essential for receiving basic services (i.e., food, medical care, education, etc.,) and for conducting a viable business by marketing through the internet/social media and conducting transactions through e-commerce. When a segment of society is denied access to the digital world based on their socioeconomic class all of society suffers not only from the injustice it creates, but also for the untold loss and untapped potential that will never be realized.
What is Delete The Divide?
Delete The Divide is an initiative led by the County of Los Angeles to empower youth, young adults, and small businesses in underserved communities who are adversely impacted by the digital divide. Partnerships have been established with public, private, academic, and community-based organizations to unify efforts in ensuring that members have direct access, training and support services in modern technologies. The coalition of partners will provide existing programs, services and resources to connect youth, young adults and small businesses to opportunities in technology that enable pathways to personal development and economic growth. Youth and young adults can shift from being tech consumers to tech creators and small businesses will be assisted with technologies to enhance their operations and delivery of products and services.
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