Roles and Responsibilities

Middle-Mile Advisory Committee

The Middle-Mile Advisory Committee monitors the development and construction of the open-access middle-mile network. The Committee adopted three guiding principles to focus the work of the Broadband Middle-Mile Initiative:

    1. Provide affordable, open-access, middle-mile broadband infrastructure to enable last-mile network connectivity throughout the state. 
    2. Build the network expeditiously, leveraging existing infrastructure, networks, and construction projects, where feasible. 
    3. Prioritize connectivity to unserved and underserved communities, including community institutions. 

CDT / Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy

CDT and the Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy will oversee the acquisition and management of contracts for the development, construction, maintenance and operation of the network, retain a third-party administrator to construct and establish the network, and create a nine-member Middle-Mile Advisory Committee.

Third-Party Administrator

An experienced nonprofit entity will serve as the third-party administrator to manage the development, acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of the statewide open-access middle-mile broadband network.

CPUC

The CPUC, in collaboration with the third-party administrator, will provide locations for the middle-mile infrastructure and last-mile connectivity.

Caltrans

Caltrans will work with the third-party administrator to manage construction of the middle-mile infrastructure along state highways and rights of way.