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  • Welcome to the California Broadband Council Website

    Following the groundbreaking work by the California Broadband Task Force, the California Broadband Council was established by legislation in 2010 (S.B. 1462 – Padilla) to marshal the state’s resources to further the objectives of increasing broadband network deployment, and eliminating the Digital Divide by expanding broadband accessibility, literacy, adoption, and usage.

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  • Announcements

    • Applications for USDA Rural Broadband Loans Due July 7th   The Department of Agriculture announced that it is soliciting applications under the “Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program.”
    • The Complexity of “Relevance” as a Barrier to Broadband Adoption.The Complexity of “Relevance” as a Barrier to Broadband Adoption. The Benton Foundation’s blog has a post by three researchers that suggests one of the key barriers often mentioned in broadband adoption, “relevance” may mask other fundamental issues such as price and ability to pay. The researchers suggest in response to broadband adoption surveys that show people “not interested in getting online,” adding follow-up questions that focus on cost and digital literacy.
    • CETF Publishes Results From Annual Broadband Adoption SurveyThe California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) recently published the results of the 2015 Annual Survey on broadband adoption in California. The Annual Survey is sponsored by CETF and conducted by the Field Research Corporation in 6 languages with a sample size in excess of 1,600 randomly-selected households (50% by cell phone and a margin of error + 2.6 percentage points at the 95% confidence level). The results show that progress is being made in closing the Digital Divide with 79% of all California households now having high-speed connections at home to the Internet (8% by smart phone only), but, according to CETF, “there is still much work to be done because unacceptable percentages of disadvantaged populations remain offline—35% of low-income households (below $20,000 annual income); 30% of Latino families (37% Spanish-speaking); and 41% of people with disabilities.”
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  • Our Mission

    The Council is charged with reviewing implementation of the 2008 Broadband Task Force Report recommendations and improving coordination among state agencies.  The Council will help applicants to compete more effectively for federal funds made available through the National Broadband Plan, building on the $420 million in broadband infrastructure grants from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the $57 million in California Advanced Services Fund grants already awarded in the state.

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