Time is of the essence when it comes to closing the Digital Divide in California. We are witnessing how a lack of access to high-speed Internet has left many Californians behind, especially as COVID-19 has prioritized online services and interactions. Distance learning, telehealth, and working from home require high-speed Internet infrastructure and digitally-disadvantaged households need assistance in language and in culture to get online.
Continued support for Internet For All Now requires urgent action to pass Assembly Bill 570 (Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry) to secure essential funding for high-speed Internet infrastructure for unserved rural communities and high-need low-income neighborhoods to respond to COVID-19. AB570 does not use General Fund dollars. It extends existing collections into the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) beginning in 2023 and targets investments with key reforms to support distance learning and telehealth. See who is supporting Assembly Bill 570.