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Start Date: 2023

Draft Bourne Digital Equity Plan open for comment through March 25

Submit comments online at, or

via regular mail at:

Cape Cod Commission
Attn: Steven Tupper, Deputy Director
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable, MA 02630

  • Overview
  • The Plan
  • Submit a Comment
  • Outreach Kit


The Town of Bourne is working with the Cape Cod Commission to draft a municipal digital equity plan. 

Digital equity efforts seek to ensure everyone has the same access and opportunities to the information technology needed for full participation in society, democracy, and the economy. The focus is on bridging the affordability of internet service and devices, building skills to use programs and equipment, increasing trust, and overcoming language or other barriers that keep individuals from fully participating.

What Is Digital Equity

“A condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.”

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

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Internet Connection

Affordable, fast, reliable, accessible.


Adequate, needs-appropriate, affordable, accessible.


Ability to use technology, functionality, trust, privacy concerns.

This project was funded by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the MassTech Collaborative under the Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program. Funding was provided by Massachusetts ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Funds. 

LINK: Draft Digital Equity Plan (PDF 3MB)


Purpose of the Digital Equity Plan

Digital equity plans prepare municipalities for future funding opportunities. Through the digital equity planning process, towns can develop strategies in a community-driven framework to ensure all benefit from future investments. 

Public input and participation are essential to this process, enabling the town to incorporate and reflect the community's vision when advancing future initiatives and projects.


Plan Elements

  1. Introduction & Town Vision for Digital Equity
  2. Current State of Digital Equity
    Existing conditions, knowledge gaps, challenges, and opportunities
  3. Stakeholder Engagement Process
    Who was engaged and how were they engaged
  4. Objectives & Implementation Strategies
    Recommendations for driving solutions
  5. Evaluation and Updates
    How will we stay accountable for this work into the future

The Cape Cod Commission and Town of Bourne have released the Draft Town of Bourne Municipal Digital Equity Plan for a 21-day public review and comment period. 

The Town of Bourne’s Municipal Digital Equity Plan assesses the digital divide in Bourne and identifies opportunities to advance digital equity. The plan considers the affordability of internet service, access to technology necessary for participation in civic, social, and economic life, and the skills required for meaningful digital engagement. The goal of the plan is to prepare the town for funding opportunities and guide decision-making, investment, and implementation. 

Members of the public are invited to review these documents and provide comments. The draft plan can be found at 

Comments may be sent via mail, facsimile, e-mail, or online by March 25th, as follows:  

  • Mailed:  
    Cape Cod Commission Attn: Steven Tupper, Deputy Director 
    3225 Main Street (Route 6A) | PO Box 226  
    Barnstable MA 02630-0226  
  • Sent by facsimile (fax) to the attention of Steven Tupper, Deputy Director, FAX: 508-362-3136  
  • Via electronic mail (E-Mail) please put “Bourne Digital Equity Plan” in the subject line and send to: 
  • Via online public comment form: 

Copies of the plan will also be available at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library and Town of Bourne Council on Aging. 


How to use this toolkit

The following resources are intended to support the Bourne Municipal Digital Equity Plan. Share the text and graphics in your newsletters, website, and/or social media.  

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Social Media 

In today’s interconnected world, access to technology and the internet isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. The Town of Bourne is working with the Cape Cod Commission to form a municipal digital equity plan. Help identify opportunities to advance digital equity in Bourne: join us at a Community Workshop on November 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM in Room One of the Bourne Veterans Community Center, 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. Learn more: 


Help advance digital equity in Bourne. Join the Town of Bourne and the Cape Cod Commission at a community workshop on November 13 at 6:00 PM to help identify opportunities to bridge the digital divide. 
Digital Equity Community Workshop 
November 13, 2023 
6:00 PM 
Bourne Veterans Community Center 
239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay  




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