The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) was established in 2005 as a nonprofit corporation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to advance the adoption and usage of broadband technology in underserved communities across the state of California. CETF aims to close the digital divide in California by 2017 through the implementation of the Get Connected! initiative to provide broadband technology through schools, large infrastructure
projects, and public housing.
In 2010, CETF was awarded a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant in the amount of $7,251,295 for the Broadband Awareness and Adoption (BAA) project. CETF awards this funding to sub-recipients and partners that provide services and outreach to California residents. The goal of this project is to provide vulnerable and low-income communities with the basic tools necessary to adopt broadband technology throughout the state. Some grant programs target specific locations within the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire.