J’Tanya R. Adams, Regional Director
J’Tanya R. Adams is EveryoneOn's Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic. A native Charlottean and 21-year Operations Management veteran for the Hearst Corporation, she came to EveryoneOn with experience in the helpdesk management, data center infrastructure, and enterprise systems operations management.
Concurrently, she founded the Historic West End Partners, Inc. an economic and cultural development nonprofit in Charlotte’s Historic West End and co-founded the 5 Points Community Collaborative, a neighborhood consortium dedicated to guiding the growth and maintaining the integrity of the 5 Points Cultural Arts and Education District.
She is also a member of the Johnson C. Smith University Indaba Council of Elders, convener of the Greater West Coalition, the Rosa Parks Farmers Market Community Advisory Council, and a former board director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council and Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership.
As a faith-based leader, J’Tanya’s body of work includes membership care, youth ministry, prison ministry, chemical dependency counseling, and mission activity in Moneague, Jamaica West Indies.
J’Tanya was endorsed by the Charlotte Observer, the Honorable Mayor Harvey Gantt and former Bank of America Chairman CEO Hugh McColl for a leadership role in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Digital Divide in the mid-Atlantic
- Lower income households were less likely to subscribe to internet than higher income households. Critically, this disparity has increased by 53 percent since 1999. In sum, these findings demonstrate that income-based disparities exist in North Carolina and have grown overtime.
- More than 14 percent of households in Mecklenburg County – almost 56,000 households – have no internet access at all.
- While North Carolina ranks ninth in the nation in broadband deployment, slightly above the US average, the most recent data modestly predicts that approximately seven percent of North Carolinians do not have access to bandwidth speeds the FCC determines as broadband. Almost 90 percent of those households are in the more economically distressed areas and areas that are more sparsely populated.
- North Carolina has one of the lowest adoption rates in the country. Even among households with access to broadband (defined at 25 Megabits per second and 3 Megabits per second upload) only 16 percent are subscribing. Adoption is particularly low among low-income households. In 2013 only 47% of NC households with annual incomes under $15,000 adopted broadband.
- Current Status: The FCC reports that 93 percent NC’s population has access to the internet at the FCC threshold speeds of 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload. Only one percent of those without access live in urban locations while 89 percent of those without access—nearly 640,000 people—live in sparsely populated areas.
- Broadband Adoption Statistics to Know = NC ranks 40th among other states in broadband adoption rates
- Broadband Availability Statistics to Know = NC ranks 9th in the nation in broadband deployment = An estimated 93 percent of NC households have access to broadband = 52 of NC's 100 counties have a deployment rate equal to or greater than the US average (90 percent) = 89 percent of NC households without access live in sparsely populated areas.
Collaborating with Terik Tidwell, director of JCSU’s STEM Innovation Initiative, has always proven to be a rewarding and impactful experience. Together, we leveraged the Geek Squad Academy program to offer a free 2-day technology camp for 100 plus Mecklenburg County students from the northwest corridor. Participants received hands-on-learning in 3-D Printing, Coding, Film Production, Photography, Digital Music, and Digital Citizenship from Best Buy staff and we're excited about having a liberating growth experience on a university campus.