In response to executive order N-73-20, the California Broadband Council developed the “Broadband for All” Action Plan with the understanding that broadband access, adoption, and training are essential components of digital equity.
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.
To complement the middle-mile network, SB 156 included $2 billion to build last-mile infrastructure, provide 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
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