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
Online Safety Resources
The Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy would like to share the following references for online safety:
- Learn how to use your security settings
- The National Cyber Security Alliance Site for online safety and awareness
- Facebook’s bullying prevention hub provides resources for being safe with social media
- Learn how you can protect your family online
Stop. Think. Connect.
Stay Safe Online
Facebook Bullying Prevention Hub
Google online safety
- Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient, but not always secure. Learn how to protect your online identity
- There’s a lot you can learn about protecting yourself and your computer from online scammers, hackers and identity thieves.
- Learn how to take a stand to stop cyberbullies.
Protecting Yourself on Public Wi-Fi Networks
Stand Up to Cyberbullying
On February 4th, Google kicked off the seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition, where Google once again invites students, from K-12, to start transforming their homepage into a gallery of imagination.
Obama pointed to his 2013 pledge to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed broadband in the next four years. "Tonight, I can announce that with the support of the FCC and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon, we've got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and twenty million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit," he said.
GIGABIT COMMUNITIES:Technical Strategies for Facilitating Public or Private Broadband Construction in Your Community
A report issued by consultants from CTC Technology & Energy in partnership with Google.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills on Oct. 3 that will provide additional funding to broadband projects in rural and low-income areas of the state. Senate Bill (SB) 740 will funnel increased funding to service providers that can provide access in areas that have either slow or no Internet access. Assembly Bill (AB) 1299 allocates money to encourage broadband development in housing projects and other low-income areas.
The Council is charged with reviewing implementation of the 2008 Broadband Task Force Report recommendations and improving coordination among state agencies. The Council will help applicants to compete more effectively for federal funds made available through the National Broadband Plan, building on the $420 million in broadband infrastructure grants from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the $57 million in California Advanced Services Fund grants already awarded in the state.
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Four Years of Broadband Growth – Obama Administration ReportOffice of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council
June 2013 - This report highlights (1) the status of broadband development in the United States in 2013, including both progress made in achieving greater availability to broadband as well as the significant remaining challenges of timely and affordable deployment of broadband to all Americans; (2) several important contributions of the Obama Administration over the last four years that have accelerated the growth of broadband technology; and (3) two key opportunities for further action.
Internet Essentials Helps Bridge Digital Divide – Connects more than 150,000 Families (May 2013)Internet Essentials, Comcast’s affordable digital connection program, which offers online services to low income Americans, is reporting that 600,000 new users are on the Internet as of May 2013. Internet Essentials is expanding to reach approximately 2.6 million eligible families in its service area, and has reached out to more than 4,000 school districts nationwide. For 2013, the program is expanding its eligibility to homeschool, parochial and private schoolchildren, offering new low-cost computer options, and providing an option for non-profits to pre-purchase a year of service for eligible families.
- Internet Essentials Lifetime Connects by Metro Area (pdf)
- Internet Essentials Progress Report for 2013 (pdf)
More information available here: www.internetessentials.com
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