Author: Alana O'Brien

Internet Providers Must Take Lead Closing the Digital Divide

We have all seen the images and heard stories:  students without Internet access sitting in parks, parking lots, or fast food restaurants to use public Wi-Fi to do homework.  COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders illuminated how essential it is to be connected to the Internet for education, […]

Will COVID-19 Be Impetus to Close Digital Divide?

A 2019 study by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) showed that lack of access affected 16 percent of Los Angeles residents and 12 percent of San Franciscans, higher than the 9 percent mark of rural areas like the Inland Empire and the Central Valley. […]

How to Close the Digital Divide

From telehealth to online schooling, COVID has made high-speed internet access more critical than ever. Yet 1 out of every 8 households in California still lacks broadband. Former State Senator Martha Escutia discusses how to close the digital divide. Listen now>>

Digital Divide is Modern Incarnation of Historic Lack of Inclusion

The study cites 2019 research by the California Emerging Technology Fund at the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies that shows the affordability barrier affects low-income families and communities of color the most. The research found that 89% of white Californians sampled were connected via […]

New Ways to Pay for Broadband In Rural California

“Revenue bonds have the interest carried in the financing package,” and do not require voter approval, said Sunne Wright McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to close the digital divide. McPeak’s organization is also advocating […]

Get Connected And Make Black Count

For the first time, the 2020 Census will be available online and one way we can ensure an accurate and complete count is getting people connected to the Internet. Getting homes connected to the Internet isn’t just a sensible solution for a complete count; it’s […]