Author: Alana O'Brien

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 […]

California Announces 18 New Broadband Projects to Reach 98% Connectivity

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced 18 broadband infrastructure projects to begin building an open-access network across much of the state. Newsom’s office said the network will be state-owned and serve as “middle-mile” broadband infrastructure, meaning that it will connect local networks in underserved […]

Supervisors Approve Countywide EIR to Expedite Shovel-Ready Broadband Projects

“The Nevada County Board of Supervisors is a champion for broadband access. By approving this Countywide Programmatic Environmental Impact Report, the Board will expedite deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure to enhance public safety, economic prosperity, and environmental protection,” said Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO […]