Closing the Digital Divide
Social and Economic Equity for Californians in the Digital Age
Today, high-speed Internet (broadband) access is essential for homework, employment applications, job training, health services, and civic activities. Yet 31 percent of Californians do not have high-speed Internet and a computer at home. Too many low-income, rural, and disabled Californians are disenfranchised from our Digital Economy because of cost and lack of access. (Source: 2017 Survey on Broadband Adoption in California, UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies)
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reports that 43 percent of rural households don’t have access to broadband Internet. The CPUC also reports that there are approximately 424,000 unserved households to reach the Legislature’s goal of 98 percent deployment statewide. (Source: California Advanced Services Fund 2016 Annual Report)
Internet For All Now Act AB 1665 -Enacted!
The Internet For All Now Act (AB 1665) became law in October, continuing California’s role as a national trailblazer for Digital Inclusion. The Act marks a major accomplishment in aligning the priorities of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Advanced Services Fund and community-based organizations to bridge the Digital Divide in California. We applaud Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia for stepping forward to author the bill and principal co-authors: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Rob Bonta, Brian Dhale, Chris Holden, Kevin McCarty, James Gallagher, Evan Low, Miguel Santiago, Jim Wood, and co-authors: Anna Caballero, David Chiu, Susan Eggman, Eloise Gómez Reyes, Mike Gipson, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Blanca Rubio, Tom Lackey, Devon Mathis, Jose Medina, and Senator Tony Mendoza.
Passage of the Internet For All Now Act is imperative to close the Digital Divide now as a 21st Century Civil Right
Help Students Connect Online at Home
UNDA Digital Toolkits partnering with schools and districts serving low-income students, to spread the word about reduced-cost Internet Offers. Some are available for as little as $10 a month.
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