Southern 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>>

SAESHE

Brief description of the mission and focus of organization/project Focus of Program or Project.

SAESHE


Contacts:
Young Yu

Who We Serve

Who We Are

What the Project Does

Objectives

- Objective 1
- Objective 2

Accessibility Plan

How do you address accessibility today?

Riverbank Program to Demystify the Net

Source:  Modesto Bee

Norman Comer has owned two computers, but soon gave them to his grandson because of his frustration in trying to use them. But the 70-year-old Comer says he's eager to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, low-cost computers and training being offered to him and other Riverbank Housing Authority residents through a program that brings the online world to underserved communities.

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.

School2Home

Project:
School2Home

Closing the achievement gap and the Digital Divide by integrating the use of technology into teaching and learning at low-performing middle schools throughout California.  The Beta phase of the program will serve nearly 3,000 parents and students in Stevenson (LAUSD) and Central (RUSD) middle schools.

Transfomring Learning, Tranformng Lives Video

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.

Chrysalis

Project:
Access to Careers in Technology

Creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.

Offering Digital Literacy and job skills training to 900 homeless and low-income individuals and placing 630 of them in jobs.

Community Organizations Breakdown Digital Barriers

Source: The South Los Angeles Report

A demure smile and a thin, black metal clip holding midnight black hair from covering her right eye define Laura Arguello’s face. Hers is also a face that could characterize California’s slimming digital divide.

The 21-year-old is the poster child for the closure of the state’s once magnanimous separation between people with and without access to computers, broadband Internet and the skills needed to use software and hardware in the workplace.

CETF

The mission of the California Emerging Technology Fund is to provide leadership statewide to close the “Digital Divide” by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations. CETF makes investments in programs and projects to improve access, applications, affordability, accessibility and assistance (the 5As) for adoption of broadband technology. CETF is technology-neutral and works with partners involved with both wire line and wireless broadband

CETF

www.cetfund.org
The Hearst Building
5 3RD Street, Suite 320
San Francisco
94103

Contacts:
Sunne Wright McPeak
Gladys Palpallatoc

Who We Serve

People With Disabilities: Deafness, Hard of Hearing, Developmental, Mobility, Vision Impairment
Ethnicities: Decline
Incomes:
  • Under $20,000
  • $20,000 to $39,999
  • $40,000 to $59,999
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes

Who We Are

Program Launch Date:December 31, 1969 - 16:33
Date Founded:December 31, 1969 - 16:33
Staff:0 - 15
Annual Budget:$500,000 - $1.5 million

What the Project Does

Objectives

CETF is focusing on three priority consumer communities: (a) rural and remote areas that lack the broadband infrastructure; (b) urban disadvantaged neighborhoods that lack computers and affordable connections to the Internet with relevant applications; and (c) accessibility of the technology for people with disabilities (which will be addressed in part by promoting universal design of all technology to be accessible and integrating accessibility into the other two priorities).

Strategies

The CETF Board of Directors has adopted a goal to leverage the impact of the $60 million seed capital by at least four-fold. Thus, CETF is always identifying and seeking partners with whom to collaborate on major initiatives.

Accessibility Plan

How do you address accessibility today?