Northern California

CETF Finds Broadband Shortcomings

Source:  Techwire.net

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>>>

 

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.\

Oakland's Mayor Quan Unveiling Program to Bridge Digital Divide

Source:  Mercurynews.com

Geared toward people who don't have access to computers, "Get Connected Oakland!" will provide equipment and Internet access in communal places such as senior centers, recreation centers, schools and the Oakland Housing Authority, as well as in people's homes.

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Oakland's Mayor Quan Unveiling Program to Bridge Digital Divide

Source: www.insidebayarea.com

Geared toward people who don't have access to computers, "Get Connected Oakland!" will provide equipment and Internet access in communal places such as senior centers, recreation centers, schools and the Oakland Housing Authority, as well as in people's homes, spokeswoman Sue Piper said.

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The Monterey Bay International Trade Association

Brief description of the mission and focus of organization/project Focus of Program or Project. The Monterey Bay International Trade Assocition (MBITA) is a 501C6 California non-profit organization since 1995 whose mission is to create jobs by providing trade promotion services to SMEs throughout California.. We lead the trade promotion service community in California in using online solutions for SMEs to compete effectively and efficiently in the global marketplace. We manage TradePort.org and this country's first statewide trade promotion intranet in the TradePort Colaborator. We also co-manage and own GlobalCalifornia.com. We also provide 'deak-to-desktop' webinars on learning how to use the web for global trade. http://www.mbita.org/ecommerce/index.php

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association

www.mbita.org, www.tradeport.org, www.globalcalifornia.com
P.O. Box 523
Santa Cruz
95061

Contacts:
TONY LIVOTI
831-335-4780
Cristina Polesel
831-335-4780

Who We Serve

Ethnicities: Decline
Languages: English
Genders: Male
Incomes:
  • $40,000 to $59,999
Ages:
  • 55 to 64
Education Level:
  • College ++
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes

Who We Are

Goals:Economic Development
People Served:over 1000
Staff:0 - 15
Staff and Volunteers Involved:4
Number Impacted:over 5000 SMEs
Percent of Total Funding:
Corporations:60%
Individuals:40%
Earned Income:25%

What the Project Does

Objectives

- Objective 1 Equip all SMEs with the latest technologies and tools located in rural and urban areas to compete in the global marketplace if they have a product or service that can be utilized by other countries - Objective 2 Train SMEs on how to use the WEB to compete effectively and efficiently in the global marketplace.

Strategies

Educate and inform SMEs throughout the State of the opportunities in the global marketplace and the kind of knowledge and tools do they need to succeed in the global marketplace.

Accessibility Plan

How do you address accessibility today? Only work with individuals and SMEs that are equipped with broadband.

How We Measure Success

Outcomes

Have many successful clients and members throughout the State that have taken advantage of our services in the global marketplace.

Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Project:
Smart Housing Initiative

Working on Smart Housing policies at the local, state, and federal level; cultivating prospective Smart Housing champions and organizing an effective engagement and consultation process; and developing replicable models for the installation, funding, and maintenance of broadband technology in affordable housing developments.

Mono County

Project:
Eastern Sierra Connect

Website:

Working to make ubiquitous broadband available to all rural communities in the three county regions of Mono, Inyo and Eastern Kern, through the aggregation of users, engagement of the providers and potential users, simplification of the county and municipal policies and outreach to the unserved members of the community.

Latino Community Foundation

Project:
Broadband Awareness and Adoption

Mobilizing a network of eight community based organizations to provide Digital Literacy training to limited-English speaking families in 5 Bay Area counties reaching 8,320 adults.

This project was made possible with generous funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce.  For a complete list of our NTIA partners, visit http://www.getconnectedtoday.com/moreinfo/partner-organizations.