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Author: Alana O'Brien

A Crucial Effort to Expand Home Internet Access

Students all know the pains – dropped Zoom calls, spotty reception and failed downloads. COVID-19 has changed college campuses forever, expanding the classroom to wherever we can connect to the internet. While the transition has opened more access for students, it also leaves behind many, […]

Looking For Free Broadband In Southern California?

On Monday, the White House revealed that 20 broadband providers across the country, including five of the largest cable TV and telephone companies, had agreed to provide “sufficiently high-speed” connections at no more than $30 a month to qualifying homes. Eight of those serve communities […]

Narrowing the Digital Divide by Building a Bridge to Broadband

In Cities-Today.com, Sarah Wray describes an interesting public-private partnership. “The Household Internet Access Initiative (HIAI), in partnership with Helium and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), is based on residents hosting hotspot nodes on a decentralized Internet of Things (IoT) network. These mine cryptocurrency that will be used to […]

Closing Broadband Gaps Remains Critical, With or Without A Pandemic

With the COVID pandemic surging into 2022 and complicating recovery and a return to normalcy, the conversation about closing the digital divide remains a critical component of closing equity gaps in California. Luckily, the conversation is resulting in more than just words thanks to efforts […]

CCEEB Board of Directors Names Sunne Wright McPeak as Chair

The board of directors of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) has unanimously elected Sunne Wright McPeak as its tenth chair. McPeak succeeds longtime chair Walter McGuire in leading CCEEB’s efforts to ensure the resiliency of California’s environment, its communities, and its economy. “My […]

Riverside Families Get Free Chromebooks

Families at three Riverside middle schools are getting new — and free — Chromebooks. On Dec. 1, those eligible at Central Middle School received the laptops, paid for by donations from Frontier Communications and the California Emerging Technology Fund, a Riverside Unified School District news release states. […]

California Well-Positioned To Snag Infrastructure Funds for Broadband

California is well-positioned to qualify for the plethora of federal broadband infrastructure money available through the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, according to Sen. Alex Padilla and others who spoke during an online event Tuesday. California Forward and California Emerging Technology Fund hosted the online webinar […]