President pro Tempore
Toni G. Atkins [D]

“Broadband access is critical to our daily life. I authored Senate Bill 745 and voted for Assembly Bill 1665 to help bridge the Digital Divide in California. I will continue to fight for more opportunities to close the gap so that our children can excel academically and our families can lead more productive lives through technology access and resources.”
Senator Ben Hueso, Past Chair, Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications 

 “It’s critical that the State of California be at the forefront of closing the Digital Divide—not only for California residents, but to lead by example for the entire nation. We’re home to Silicon Valley, and so it’s critical that all of our residents have access to the Internet to make sure they stay on the forefront of world innovations. I admire the work of the California Emerging Technology Fund for its focus and results.”
Former Senator Holly Mitchell

“Today, California’s agricultural  economy is tied to its digital  economy, using tools provided by  the Internet and computer science  to increase yields, conserve water,  and make farming more efficient.  That’s why I supported the Internet  For All Now Act, sponsored by the  California Emerging Technology  Fund. Getting all of California  connected to the Internet is vital  for economic development in our  rural communities.” 
Senator Jim Nielsen


Assembly Speaker
Anthony Rendon

“ Ten years ago, I met Sunne McPeak and we were trying to figure out Internet for my small rural town of Winters and the one thing I kept saying to myself is how to turn the economy around in a small city, and we did it.No one realizes what Internet does to change a community.”
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

“In California, high-speed Internet is essential for everyday life,  which is why people in unserved and underserved communities need access to digital resources, information, and networks. It is imperative that we focus on the Digital Divide by investing in infrastructure, affordability, and accessibility for  disadvantaged communities in the Imperial Valley, and all of California’s rural population.”
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia

“ The settlement with T-Mobile and Sprint is an example of the effectiveness of California Emerging Technology Fund and how important it is for California that in the mergers that have taken place that organizations have been set up to close that gap for so many Californians.  And we have a lot of work to do.”
Assemblymember Marc Levine

“As a member of the California State  Assembly and video game entrepreneur,  I support advancements in technology,  which is why I supported the Internet For  All Now Act. Many of the communities  I represent are rural and it’s important  that these residents have the same  access to high-speed Internet as  their urban counterparts. As more  households and businesses are online,  there will be more opportunities for  innovation and economic development.”
Assemblymember Jay Obernolte