Broadband initiatives

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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 BEAD 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.

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State Digital Equity Plan

The State Digital Equity Plan (SDEP) identifies strategies to eliminate digital equity barriers for covered populations.
The SDEP will be implemented through a federal capacity grant and a sub-grant program to support the following activities:

  • Development of Local Digital Equity Plans
  • Digital Literacy Training
  • Digital Navigation Services
  • Devices Programs
  • Broadband Adoption Campaigns
  • Workforce Training Programs

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)
Friday, July 19, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

(New location) California Environmental Protection Agency, Sierra Room (1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814)

Zoom Link

California Broadband Council Meeting (Hybrid)
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

California Environmental Protection Agency Byron Sher Auditorium (1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814)

Zoom Link

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