Innovative Tech Fund Helping Expand Internet Access in California’s Low-Income Communities

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and the state government have an ambitious goal for 2023: wire 90 percent of California’s households to expand Internet access. CETF has approached engaging civic leaders in a regional way, funding regional consortia to work on aggregation of rural demand. Regional roundtables help them plan the integration of broadband in key sectors, including economic development, education, workforce, and healthcare. With the financial support from AT&T and Verizon, they have already provided $30.4 million in grants to more than 100 community-based nonprofits to achieve progress in digital literacy, public awareness and education, and broadband adoption.

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