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California Public Utilities Commission
Telecommunication Division
Broadband Report Update
September 20, 2006

The following is an update of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) May 2005 report entitled, Broadband Deployment in California. Telecommunications Division staff has prepared this update for presentation at the September 20, 2006 meeting of the California Emerging Technologies Fund (CETF) Board of Directors meeting. This report examines December 31, 2005 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data on broadband subscribership in California and the nation. It explores new technologies that potentially will increase deployment and connection growth in California. This report additionally highlights a number of California specific broadband case studies, including Municipal WiFi projects; discusses how community and non-profit groups are addressing Digital Divide and access issues; and describes how cooperatives in other states are addressing deployment and access issues within their respective states.