Broadband access has been a long standing priority for regions for many years. While its often thought of as a rural issue, the recent pandemic has daylight gaps in urban areas as well. Governor Newsom recently elevated the issue by setting a statewide access goal. Here we have collected a number of resources that might help our members and others get “up to speed” on the issue. As always, we encourage anyone to recommend a document or resource that should be included in this list. Thank you for visiting.
Executive Order setting a minimum broadband access standard goal (100 Mbps download speed ), ordering a broadband action plan, to minimum broadband Access, expand mapping resources, leverage funding resources, and use state resources to deploy broadband infrastructure.
Case Study: Valley Vision – Sacramento Area Valley Vision–a member of California Forward’s Stewardship Network–has been a leader in the state on the broadband issues. The following is a set of resources they have developed for the Sacramento Region.
Legislation: AB 1549: State Highway Rights of Way: Broadband (2016)
California Advanced Service Fund. CASF provides $100 million in grants to “telephone corporations” to expand broadband into unserved areas. Monies for the Fund are collected via a 0.25% all-end-user-surcharge on telecommunications customers’ bills.
California Teleconnect Fund. CTF supports the provision of infrastructure for digital divide projects via a 50% discount on monthly recurring charges for high-speed telecommunications services incurred by schools, libraries, hospitals and health clinics that are owned and operated by a municipal or county government, a hospital district, or a community based organization.