Broadband and Digital Literacy Office
The Broadband and Digital Literacy Office supports Department of Technology goals to promote and foster statewide Broadband and Digital Literacy initiatives. We build relationships between the Department of Technology and key private, non-profit, community-based organizations, as well as public stakeholders interested in promoting broadband expansion, adoption and inclusion.
In The Spotlight
The new broadband mantra may be “measure twice, deploy once.”
The FCC Thursday (Feb. 22) unveiled a new national broadband map that will provide more detailed and updated info on fixed broadband deployment. IPSs have long been concerned that without more accurate info, they could be overbuilt in an effort to deploy where service already exists.
In recognition of the significant effort to bring advanced broadband capacity to K-12 schools in California, the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) program will receive the CENIC 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications.
An FCC official touted the role of utilities in broadband deployment at the 2018 Utilities Broadband Workshop of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC). Jay Schwarz, wireline adviser to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, said utilities are critical to broadband buildout even without providing it because utilities possess so much infrastructure needed to establish broadband connectivity.
While our state is a leader in developing broadband infrastructure, thousands of Californians remain off-line. Broadband is vital to our economic future. The Broadband and Digital Literacy Offices collaborates with state agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations and private sector entities to bridge the digital divide.
This bill would require the Department of Transportation in consultation with stakeholders, on or before January 1, 2018, to develop guidelines to facilitate the installation of broadband conduit on state highway rights-of-way.
These guidelines will involve construction methods that are suitable for installing broadband conduit and will be available via the Department of Transportation Web site to encourage collaborative broadband installations.
This measure would recognize the week of October 16, 2016, to October 22, 2016, inclusive, as Digital Citizenship Week to raise awareness about the importance of digital citizenship in the 21st century.