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 30% 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: 2016 Survey on Broadband Adoption in California, Field Research Corporation)
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reports that only 47% of rural households have access to broadband Internet. The CPUC also reports that there are approximately 360,000 unserved households to reach the Legislature’s goal of 98% deployment statewide. (Source: California Advanced Services 2016 Annual Report)
What AB 1665 Will Do
The Internet For All Now Act (AB 1665) was introduced by Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Chris Holden, Kevin McCarty, Rob Bonta, Brian Dahle, James Gallagher, Evan Low, Miguel Santiago, Mark Stone, and Jim Wood; principal co-authors are: David Chiu, Susan Eggman, Kevin Mullin; and co-authors are: Anna Caballero, Mike Gipson, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Tom Lackey, Marc Levine, Jose Medina, Eloise Gómez Reyes, and Blanca Rubio. AB 1665 will close the Digital Divide by funding broadband infrastructure projects to reach 98% of California households by 2023 and will fund community-based organizations that help low-income Californians get online.
Passage of the Internet For All Now Act depends on community voices and civic leaders throughout California being heard by Legislators about the imperative to close the Digital Divide now as a 21st Century Civil Right—“access delayed is access denied.”
Internet For All Now is an education project of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and its partners. CETF provides leadership statewide to close the Digital Divide by accelerating broadband deployment and adoption of broadband for unserved and underserved communities and disadvantaged populations through public policy and community investments.