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
Please join TechWire, the LINK AMERICAS Foundation and the California Emerging Technology Fund on April 24 at the California Digital Access Summit, an event focused on digital literacy, broadband access and closing the digital divide in California.
LINK AMERICAS Foundation and TRAIL Inc. have been honored by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as the recipient of the 2014 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications for their JobScout platform.
December 6, 2013
Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend is pushing a comprehensive broadband policy overhaul that he hopes will catalyze both regulatory streamlining and new infrastructure. Sacramento is watching his progress closely for insight on a potential broadband-driven statewide economic development model.
Prepared by the NTIA and US Department of Commerce Researchers and policymakers recognize that availability and use of high-speed Internet services - a range of connection technologies collectively known as broadband - are essential to economic growth.
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.
To join the California Broadband Council Distribution List, please go to:
Four Years of Broadband Growth – Obama Administration Report
Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council
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.
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