economic development

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>>>


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.

Digital Divide Shrinks, Political Divide Doesn’t


High-Speed Telemedicine Network Gaining Steam in California

Source: Government Technology

Rural health-care providers will soon have their own broadband network for the practice of telemedicine in California, according to Christine Martin, executive director of the California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC).


Oakland Initiative Seeks to Close Digital Divide

Source: San Jose Mercury News

TODAY, MOST people take having a computer and access to the Internet for granted. Public school teachers give out homework that their students' cannot possibly complete without a home computer. Students whose parents' can't afford a PC or the monthly cost of Internet service have to traipse to the public library (which is open fewer and fewer hours thanks to budget cuts) or to other public places that offer free broadband.

Effort Begins to Get Low-Income Families in Oakland Connected to High-Speed Internet

Source:  Oakland Tribune

Making high-speed Internet available to low-income households is the aim of a citywide effort that launches Thursday, officials announced. The Get Connected Oakland! initiative has scheduled its official launch Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Housing Authority, 935 Union St. Mayor Jean Quan, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and Noel Gallo, president of the Oakland Unified School District, are expected to attend.\