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 Champion of Technology Awards is an award program established in 2014 by the California State fair and the California Department of Technology. Two awardees are selected each year, one in the Individual Category, the other in the Project/Organization Category. It is our pleasure to announce that the 2017 Champions of Technology are Bryan Sastokas, CIO for the City of Long Beach and Aira-Visual Interpreter for the Blind. Award winners will be recognized by the California Exposition & State Fair at the Annual State Fair Gala on June 22, 2017.
California Broadband Council members met in downtown Sacramento last week to discuss the state’s Internet needs and potential solutions. The meeting was led by California CIO Amy Tong, the council’s chair.
The repeal of internet privacy rules, set in place under the Obama Administration, but which had not yet gone into effect, has created a debate among internet users, privacy advocates, internet service providers, and Congress. Here are some common questions and answers about the debate.
Laptops Delivered to Hazel Strauch Elementary in Sacramento
Due to the collaborative efforts and support from the California Broadband Council, California Department of Technology, Broadband and Digital Literacy Office, and the California Prison Industries Authority (CalPIA), Hazel Strauch Elementary School in Sacramento recently received eight laptop computers. The computers were provided free of charge by CalPIA, which has a youth program that provides training on computer repair and refurbishing. Hazel Strauch Elementary is the fourth school to receive refurbished computers.
Assemblymember Jim Wood announced that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the “Digital 299” broadband infrastructure project along California State Route 299. This project, by Inyo Networks, Inc. (Inyo), will receive almost $47 million in funding from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), which is a fund that promotes deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to Californians.
The FCC is Stopping Nine Companies from Providing Federally Subsidized Internet to Low-Income Persons
Regulators are informing nine companies they won’t be able to participate in a federal program meant to help them provide affordable internet access to low-income consumers, weeks after those companies had been granted approval.
FCC Announces Establishment of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee- Nominations due February 15, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee to explore ways to accelerate deployment of high-speed Internet access (or “broadband”) nationwide and to close the digital divide. Nominations will be accepted until February 15, 2017.
Thanks to a $305,632 grant from the California Public Utilities Commission, Mutual Housing California will be providing wireless internet access and one year of computer training to residents at Mutual Housing at Spring Lake and five of their Davis and Sacramento communities.
On January 7, 2017, the Schools, Health and Libraries Coalition (SHLC) released its Rural American Broadband Connectivity (Rural ABC) Proposal to the new federal administration. The proposal recommended focusing on anchor institutions and the creation of community-based needs assessments, with a request for federal support to both commercial and non-commercial providers based on assessment outcomes.
Today, the Broadband Council’s Surplus Computers Working Group attended a milestone event at Sutter Middle School in Sacramento with the delivery of 40 desktop PCs. The computers were provided free of charge by the California Prison Industries Authority, which has a youth program that provides training on computer repair and refurbishing. This is the second school to receive refurbished computers through the Council’s working group.
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.