Author: Brent Stromberg

Data: Broadband Adoption in California, 2016

Despite being home to Silicon Valley, California has many people who are underserved when it comes to broadband, according to the authors of a bill (AB 1665) that would use California Advanced Services Fund money to deliver broadband to the large swaths of the state [...]

California Broadband Council: Solutions for Narrowing Digital Divide

"It's still difficult for a student to do their homework on a smartphone. It's difficult to get workforce skills if you're an adult, using a smartphone only," McPeak said. Without connectivity, people cannot access government services and town economies cannot compete. Low-performing schools, which are [...]

California and CAFwd: Double-Down on Smart Government

Disillusionment with government stems from the reality that government does not work well enough for most people. There's too small a "return on investment" for taxpayers and too little improvement for those dependent on government assistance to get ahead and become more self-sufficient. Government reform [...]

Students Get Tech Ready for 2017

Communicating with teachers just got easier for parents and families of 140 Stevenson Middle School sixth and seventh graders thanks to an innovative program focused on helping low-performing middle schools with the integration of effective technology into the curriculum, the school announced this week. School2Home [...]

New UC Center Aims to Boost Broadband Policy Research

Part of UCR’s School of Public Policy, the Center for Broadband Policy and Digital Literacy will tackle digital inclusion issues occurring in the inland area and assist the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) by expanding broadband policy research in the state. Read More>>>

New Program Connects Housing Projects to Internet

A major commitment from AT&T will bolster the ConnectHome initiative's drive to close the digital divide for low-income families through a low-cost broadband program. Access from AT&T, a public-private effort, will help connect families living in public housing projects to low-cost Internet service. U.S. Department [...]

How Bad Is the Digital Divide in California?

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 [...]