Broadband and Digital Literacy Office


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.


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

Obama Administration Releases Broadband Opportunity Report

September 2015
The Federal Broadband Opportunity Council has released a report on nationwide broadband deployment and efforts to improve connectivity and expansion.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman: Rural Broadband Subsidies Should be Well Spent

September 2015
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the commission wants to make sure that rural broadband subsidies go only to those who need them. Wheeler said in a speech to NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association that he is circulating a public notice to the other commissioners to "notice to remind everybody that this support should only be used for its intended purpose – getting communications networks to rural America."

Internet of Things Increases in California

September 2015
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) incorporates a dynamic array of technologies that mobilize sensors to monitor environmental conditions and radio-frequency identification RFID tags to facilitate objects interacting with users. California, with its high-tech industry, will lead the nation in IoT deployment.

Governor Signs Bill Bringing $5M for Rural Broadband Efforts

September 2015
Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1262. The bill provides $5 million to support groups and initiatives working to increase access to broadband in rural communities. AB 1262 immediately brings $5million into the Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Account. These funds will be used to support community-based groups who are working to increase broadband access, adoption and, deployment in rural areas.

Government Operations Agency to Host October Code-a-Thon

August 2015
The Government Operations Agency (GovOps) and the Department of General Services announced they will host the GreenGov Challenge, an open data code-a-thon, in late October. The contest is designed to challenge the civic coding community to better show the work the state is doing to combat climate change.

15% of Americans Offline Notes Pew Research Report

July 2015
For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 15% of U.S. adults do not use the internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data.

ConnectHome: Federal Program Launches Pilots, Including Fresno

July 2015
ConnectHome, a new Federal initiative with communities, the private sector, and federal government to expand high speed broadband to more families across the country is launching pilot projects in twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation and will initially reach over 275,000 low-income households with the support to access the Internet at home.

USDA and NASA Expand Innovative Partnership

July 2015
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman today announced an expanded partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) designed to better protect America's working lands, predict and prevent natural disasters, and inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agriculture.

Affordable Care Act Spurs Telehealth Implementation

June 2015
As the Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage to more and more people, telehealth can make it possible for the newly insured to access care in a timely manner. Meanwhile, the promise of telehealth in new care models under the ACA is accelerating growth in the sector.

San Francisco Public Library First 10G Library in Nation

June 2015
San Francisco Public Library and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco, have announced that they have collaborated to provide direct connection at 10 gigabits per second access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN), allowing patrons unprecedented access speed.

Unlocking the Potential of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things—sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems—has received enormous attention over the past five years. A new McKinsey Global Institute report, The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype, attempts to determine exactly how IoT technology can create real economic value.

Wide Differences in Broadband Access in California Households

June 2015
According to a new statewide Field Poll examining the "digital divide" in California, 79% of California households have a broadband connection at home, while 21% do not. Overall, including the much slower dial-up connections, 87% of households reported they have the ability to connect to the Internet from home. The survey was conducted on behalf of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a non-profit foundation focused on promoting broadband deployment and adoption.

Connect America Fund Helps Expand Broadband in Yolo County

June 2015
Frontier Communications Corp. has accepted slightly more than $6 million from the Connect America Fund to expand and support broadband to about 12,822 of its rural customers in California, including 478 homes in Yolo County supported with $285,823. The Connect America Fund will provide ongoing support for rural broadband networks in Frontier’s service areas capable of delivering broadband at speeds of at least 10 Megabits per second, for downloads and 1 Mbps uploads to approximately 12,822 homes and businesses in California.

Los Angeles CityLink LA Broadband Initiative

June 2015
CityLinkLA (formerly referred to as Los Angeles Community Broadband Network or LACBN) is a City-wide initiative designed to make “broadband” available in all areas of Los Angeles at speeds comparable to other innovative communities around the world.

Yolo County Finalizes Broadband Strategic Plan

March 2015
Yolo County has finalized its Broadband Strategic Plan. Read how representatives plan to meet community broadband needs and identify key public and private initiatives that support the overall mission of equipping their community for the digital economy.

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 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.

Federal Government Revitalized Computers for Schools and Non-Profits

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In order to advocate and promote the reuse of computers, the Federal General Services Administration has created a website for eligible schools and educational non-profits interested in receiving surplus computers.
For information on eligibility to participate in the CFL program:

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KHAN Academy Partners to Offer free SAT Testing Prep

The College Board, creators of the SAT, recently announced a redesigned SAT coming in 2016 and a historic partnership with Khan Academy to make comprehensive, best-in-class SAT prep materials open and free.