Author: Brent Stromberg

CETF Finds Broadband Shortcomings

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

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>>>

New Insights into the City’s Digital Divide

California has reached 97 percent broadband deployment and could hit its statutory target of 98 percent by the end of 2015. Although broadband service is available, not all residents are able to afford it. For residents of small communities and older neighborhoods with clunky broadband [...]

Connecting Rural Communities to High-Speed Internet

Sacramento, California - The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear about issues related to connecting rural communities to high-speed internet as its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the [...]

The ‘Two Californias’

Assemblyman Devon Mathis California 23rd Dist. When I'm home chatting with my Central Valley constituents, I hear over and over that there are two Californias.  The one most people think of is along the coast, with wealthy residents and the latest high-speed internet. The forgotten [...]

California State Fair 2018 Champion of Technology Winners

In celebrating the best of what the Golden State has to offer, the California State Fair and the California Department of Technology have determined the winners of the 2018 Champion of Technology Awards. The Individual Champion is Sunne Wright McPeak. Read More>>>

Emerging Tech Fund adds 6 to Board

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a nonprofit that advocates for expansion of broadband as a means of closing the "digital divide," has added six new seats to its board of directors, bringing the total to 14 board members plus the president. Read More>>>

RCRC Provides Foster Youth with Laptops

Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and National Homebuyers Fund, Inc. (NHF) have joined forces to contribute $400,000 to provide an iFoster laptop computer to all eligible foster youth and former foster youth aged 16-21 within RCRC's 35 member counties. Read More>>>

Broadband as Essential Infrastructure

According to a California Emerging Technology Fund report, broadband is a green strategy. Whereas, access to broadband reduces vehicle miles traveled, lowers need for office-space construction conserving energy, and calms circulation congestion while increasing online shopping, all which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 [...]