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.
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:
- Build out high speed broadband infrastructure to all Californians
Advancing new incentives for deployment and improving existing programs will
world-class broadband infrastructure in California.
- Develop model permitting standards and encourage collaboration among
Developing a public-private partnership between local governments and
broadband providers to endorse permitting
standards will improve the speed with which broadband is deployed.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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