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.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration just published a Broadband Funding Guide, which gives an overview of federal funding for broadband projects, including planning, public access, digital literacy, adoption, and deployment.
On September 21, 2015, the White House released the Broadband Opportunity Council Report. Please click on the link to view the report Broadband Opportunity Council Report, which describes steps to be taken over the next 18 months to eliminate barriers and promote broadband investment and adoption.
The Council met on Tuesday, September 15 from 9:30-12:00 at U.C. Riverside’s School of Public Policy in Riverside. The Council approved the bylaws that were introduced at the April meeting. Meeting minutes and materials can be downloaded here.
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.