Goals of the California Broadband Taskforce

As part of Executive Order S-23-06, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger created a 21-member California Broadband Task Force composed of public and private stakeholders with the expertise to advice policymakers on a framework for making California a global leader in the telecommunications revolution. The Task Force was responsible for delivering two reports. The first  report is available online and describes administrative actions that state government can immediately act upon to increase broadband availability and adoption in California.

The second report contains a comprehensive assessment of the state of broadband in California. It includes detailed maps of wireline and wireless availability, analysis of adoption, a pricing survey, and recommendations so that California can take advantage of opportunities for and eliminate any related barriers broadband access and adoption.

The CBTF recommends seven key actions to help our state achieve fast, reliable, and affordable broadband service:

  1. Build out high speed broadband infrastructure to all Californians

    Advancing new incentives for deployment and improving existing programs will create a
    world-class broadband infrastructure in California.

  2. Develop model permitting standards and encourage collaboration among providers

    Developing a public-private partnership between local governments and broadband providers to endorse permitting
    standards will improve the speed with which broadband is deployed.

  3. Increase the use and adoption of broadband and computer technology

    Expanding the opportunities for Californians to access, use, and learn broadband, at home and in the community,
    will provide the foundation for a digitally literate society that is able to fully benefit from broadband technology.

  4. Engage and reward broadband innovation and research

    Promoting innovative uses of broadband technology and encouraging wider e-government use will result in quality-of-
    life improvements, while increasing demand for a robust broadband infrastructure.

  5. Create a statewide e-health network

    Implementing a sustainable statewide e-health network will improve quality of care across the state and
    simultaneously increase demand for broadband services.

  6. Leverage educational opportunities to increase broadband use

    Ensuring high-capacity broadband connections coupled with a robust technology support system, relevant
    curriculum, literacy standards, and off-campus educational partnerships will provide California’s students with
    the skills they need to compete in a 21st century economy.

  7. Continue state-level and statewide leadership

    Continuing the California Broadband Initiative and supporting the creation of Community Broadband Leadership
    Councils will strengthen the statewide leadership necessary to drive broadband access and adoption across
    California .