The infrastructure necessary to use broadband to reach applications on the Internet. Access in California is primarily, although not exclusive an issue in rural communities. In rural California fewer consumers have access to the Internet using broadband than in urban California.

CETF Finds Broadband Shortcomings


The survey found that cost was a significant barrier to Internet access, and CETF urged that Internet providers increase awareness around low-cost options. Only one-third of respondents knew that discount offers existed, while 30 percent of respondents said all Californians should have access. Read More>>

Bridge the Big Broadband Gap

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal

Despite massive telecommunication investment in recent decades, many areas of Silicon Valley still have inadequate broadband services. This broadband gap denies many communities access to a critical tool of daily life in the 21st century, equal in importance to electricity, water and sanitation. Read More>>>


New Insights into the City's Digital Divide

Source:  Press-Telegram

Persuading people to participate in that level of engagement might be difficult, but commissioners said a $10,000 grant the city was awarded from the California Emerging Technology Fund may help.  Read More>>

The Invisible Community – Imperial, One of Many Rural Areas Hit by the Digital Divide


According to a survey by the Imperial County Office of Education, the digital divide in Imperial County is nearly 40%, which is one of the highest in the nation. Fortunately, funders such as CETF and Alliance Healthcare are leading the effort to pay closer attention to these rural and often overlooked parts of the state with direct funding and by learning more about the community they're trying to serve, directly from the members of the community itself.

Foster Month Kicks Off with Laptop Giveaway

Source: Contra Costa Blog

The laptop didn't just fall from the sky. The laptop giveaway was organized by Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) president Sunne Wright McPeak and iFoster founder Reid Cox.

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Broadband By The People, For The People

Source: City on a Hill Press

A 65-foot flatbed truck filled with computers offering free Internet access to migrant laborers is one project among many aimed at promoting universal broadband access along the Central Coast. The group behind it is the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC), which aims to bridge the "digital divide" in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.

Foster Month Kicks off with Laptop Giveaway

Source: Richmond Confidential

Richmond High graduate Bernard Naquin, 19, won't have to look too far to find a computer these days. The Contra Costa County teenager and Diablo Valley College student was awarded a brand new Dell laptop Monday morning at the Nevin Center. "I was surprised when they told me I was going to receive the computer," Naquin said. "Out of everyone in the county, they chose me. I didn't expect it."

Contra Costa County Shares $300,000 Grant to Give Foster Children Better Access to Technology


iFoster, a California-based advocacy nonprofit for foster children, has selected Contra Costa County to share in a three-year, $300,000 grant to expand access to computers and affordable Internet service to vulnerable youth.

In partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund, led by former Contra Costa Supervisor Sunne Wright McPeak, the organizations this week launched the initiative and the county declared May Foster Care Month.