Broadband initiatives

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Broadband for All Action Plan

Broadband access, adoption, and training are essential components of digital equity.

The Broadband for All Action Plan focuses on three main goals:

  1. Access to high-speed internet at homes, schools, and libraries
  2. Access to affordable internet services and devices
  3. Access to digital skills and training

This plan was created by the California Broadband Council in response to executive order N-73-20.

A roll of orange broadband cable in front of a rural building.

Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative

The state’s open-access middle-mile network will connect regions of the state to the global internet.

In July 2021, Governor Newsom signed SB 156. This directed the California Department of Technology to develop a statewide, open-access middle-mile network. SB 156 provides $3.25 billion to build the necessary infrastructure to bring internet connectivity to homes, businesses and community institutions.

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Last-Mile and Adoption Programs

Last-mile infrastructure projects funded by CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grants will bring service to people’s homes

SB 156 included $2 billion to build last-mile infrastructure, funding for local agency technical assistance, and a loan loss reserve. The California Public Utilities Commission administers these along with a suite of existing programs that support broadband deployment, assistance, affordability, and adoption.

Lack of broadband availability

Infographic of a chart showing that 1 in 5 Californians do not have broadband services.

This $6 billion investment will make broadband more accessible than ever before, expanding opportunity across the spectrum for students, families and businesses.

— Governor Gavin Newsom

Tools to empower communities

Upcoming events

Middle-Mile Advisory Council Meeting (Hybrid)
January 19, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

California Broadband Council Meeting (Hybrid)
January 24, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All upcoming events

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