The total cost of "being wired". It includes price of online devices (computers, cell phones, wireless cards) and monthly service, maintenance, support, training and upgrading technology. While it is true that the price continues to drop and the capacity continues to go up the cost can be prohibitive for low income families. Only 21% of families with incomes of $30,000 annually or lower have broadband service. The prices continues to be an obstacle to enclusion.

CETF CEO Weighs in on E-rate, ConnectED


CETF President and CEO Sunne Wright McPeak says broadband connectivity alone is not enough to increase academic achievement in California's poorest neighborhoods: "We need continued bold leadership at the federal and state level to secure an affordable broadband lifeline rate program, coupled with robust digital literacy training."

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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.

iFoster Receives $300,000 Grant


"Broadband is a transforming technology that is essential to help foster youth build better lives," said Sunne Wright McPeak, president and CEO of CETF. "With this grant, children in foster care, emancipated youth and their families will benefit from access to affordable Internet service and computers. We support iFoster in finding innovative ways to help this community connect online with each other, and to public- and private-sector services."

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.