Broadband and Digital Literacy Office


Mission

The Broadband and Digital Literacy Office supports Department of Technology goals to promote and foster statewide Broadband and Digital Literacy initiatives. We build relationships between the Department of Technology and key private, non-profit, community-based organizations, as well as public stakeholders interested in promoting broadband expansion, adoption and inclusion.

Vision

While our state is a leader in developing broadband infrastructure, thousands of Californians remain off-line. Broadband is vital to our economic future. The Broadband and Digital Literacy Offices collaborates with state agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations and private sector entities to bridge the digital divide.

In the Spotlight

CPUC to Approve Broadband Public Housing Grant Program Dec. 18

December 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines on December 18, which will create a new state grant opportunity to facilitate the installation of on-site broadband internet for public housing units. Up to $20 million will be available for grants and loans to finance projects to connect broadband networks to public housing, and an additional $5 million will be available to support adoption programs, which will provide devices and training to residents of public housing. Eligible applicants include public housing authorities and non-profit public housing owners. Click here for additional updates.

Yolo County Releases Draft Broadband Strategic Plan

December 2014
Yolo County has released its draft Broadband Strategic Plan. Representatives will make presentations throughout the county in January and February before finalizing the plan in March 2015.

FCC Boosts Rural Broadband Requirements to 10 Mbps

December 2014
Broadband providers that want to get funding through the Connect America program to help bring services to more rural users must now agree to provide download speeds of at least 10 Mbps. - See more at: http://www.eweek.com/networking/fcc-boosts-rural-broadband-speed-requirements-to-10-mbps.html#sthash.pNGGdywM.dpuf

FCC Adopts eRate School and Library Expansion and Overhaul

December 2014
The FCC has adopted a broad expansion and overcaul of the eRate program to bring high speed Internet to schools and libraries. This increase will bring the program to a spending cap of $3.9 billion, the first increase to the spending cap since 1997.

FCC Launches Connect2Health Task Force

In 2014, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler launched the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force to oversee all FCC broadband-enabled healthcare initiatives. There is a growing demand for telehealth and rural healthcare in the United States, and the FCC is reviewing the challenges of developing these initiatives to help Americans

FCC Issues 2014 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report

The FCC’s 2014 Measuring Broadband America Report on Fixed Broadband contains the most recent data collected from fixed Internet Service providers. The initial Report was published in August 2011, and updated on an annual basis.

California Broadband Council

On November 18, 2014, the California Broadband Council selected State CIO and Department of Technology Director Carlos Ramos to succeed Michael Peevey as Chairman, effective January 1, 2015. The Vice Chair position was left open pending the selection of two Council member successors from the state legislature to replace the Honorable Steven Bradford, Assembly District 62, and Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, and the Honorable Alex Padilla, Senate District 20 and Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications.

Comcast Internet Essentials

Comcast Internet Essentials

Comcast Internet Essentials has announced changes to its Internet Essential program. Now for $9.95 per month, eligible families can provide Internet at home. The program has also added educational resources from Khan Academy, and free on-line training to learn essential Internet skills.

California First Responder Network (CalFRN)

California's First Responder Network (CalFRN) will create a statewide public safety network that will be part of the larger scale Nationwide, Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). In February 2012, Congress enacted The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. It directs the establishment of a NPSBN for use by first responders and other public safety workers. In 2012, Governor Brown, Jr. appointed Karen Wong, Assistant Director of Public Safety Communications, as the point of contact in coordination with Director Mark Ghilarducci of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services to consult with the FirstNet Board.

California Broadband Consortium

California Broadband Consortia Map: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/NR/rdonlyres/39B23EE4-985F-4923-877D-49EFFA4A2319/0/CASFAllApprovedProjects2014.pdf

California Emerging Technology Fund

The California Emerging Technology Fund provides leadership statewide to close the "Digital Divide" by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations.