Los Angeles and Bay Area – April 22, 2021 – Accelerate investment in communities for future-proof broadband infrastructure – The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and Valley Vision on behalf of the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium today are releasing “Getting Connected: A Broadband Deployment and Adoption Resource Guide for Local and Regional Government Leaders“, a resource guide to accelerate broadband deployment and adoption.
The Resource Guide was first developed a decade ago, and this timely update provides detailed practices and innovative policies from across the state and nationally to help communities develop and increase broadband investments and partnerships to ensure all Californians have access to high-speed Internet.
“We used to talk about the ‘Digital Divide,’ but in fact COVID-19 has exposed a ‘digital cliff.’ While recent CETF-USC State Survey on Broadband Adoption results offered encouraging news that overall Internet adoption is increasing, still, far too many Californians are up against a Wall of Poverty. The survey also underscores why broadband is a vital ‘green strategy’ for our state,’’ said Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund. “These findings call out the urgent need for strategic broadband investments by government leaders and effective partnerships with the private sector, and the resource guide provides a road map for communities to invest in broadband while returning triple bottom-line dividends for the economy, environment and equity.”