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.
- Broadband Provider Colocation Map
- Colocation on State Facilities Videos
- Form TD-311 – Radio Vault Space Application (doc)
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This special program offers up to six months of free Comcast Internet Essentials connectivity for families with children who qualify for the federal free lunch program.The program only runs through September 20, 2014.
California Broadband Council Meeting Scheduled for Monday, August 18, 2014
SACRAMENTO, CA – The next California Broadband Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 100 of the Legislative Office Building, 1020 N Street. The California Broadband Council was established by legislation in 2010 (SB 1462 – Padilla), to marshal the state’s resources to further the objectives of increasing broadband network deployment, and eliminating the Digital Divide by expanding broadband accessibility, literacy, adoption, and usage.
The meeting is open to the public. An agenda will be finalized soon.
To receive updates via the California Broadband Council’s distribution list, please visit: http://broadbandcouncil.ca.gov/distributionlist.aspx
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.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on May 22, 2014, the USDA is accepting applications for grants to enhance telecommunications and broadcast services in rural areas. The USDA plans to provide up to $13 million from the Community Connect Grant Program to fund broadband in unserved areas to support economic growth and deliver enhanced educational, health care and public safety services. Awardees must serve an area where broadband does not exist, provide a community center with broadband access, and offer broadband service to all residential and business customers. The USDA also announced it is making available up to $19.3 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine program grants to fund access to rural education, training and health care resources, and will provide up to $2 million as part of the USDA's continued support of rural telecommunications and broadcast services. Applications are due July 7.
May 27, 2014
Access to advanced telecommunications technology, including broadband, is one the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s important investments in rural communities. “Today, high speed broadband access provides rural areas with the ability to expand educational programs, increase access to health care and boost rural businesses and social services,” said Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien.
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