A Broadband Deployment and Adoption Resource Guide For Local and Regional Government Leaders
The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) is honored to partner with Valley Vision on behalf of the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium to update and distribute this Resource Guide for Local and Regional Government Leaders to accelerate the deployment and adoption of broadband, a generic term for high-speed Internet infrastructure, including both wireline and wireless network technologies. This Resource Guide was first developed a decade ago in partnership with the Orange County Business Council Center for a New Orange County, with input from the California State Association of Counties, League of California Cities, and Rural County Representatives of California.
This updated Resource Guide is especially timely in light of the Governor’s Executive Order to pursue Broadband For All and adopt an Action Plan to achieve the goal. The Governor’s initiative advances the Legislature’s commitment in law to the Internet For All Now in 2017. The value of State leadership came into sharper focus as the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders laid bare the Digital Divide—actually revealing a “Digital Cliff” as more and more Californians fell off into deeper poverty and greater isolation. The crisis calls for increased state investment in broadband infrastructure and urgent actions to accelerate deployment and adoption