CSAC Bulletin Article

Make Your Voice Heard! Broadband Public Comment Opportunities and Workshops

May 4, 2024

CPUC Comment Period on Order Instituting Rulemaking Extended until May 8, 2023

On March 1, 2023, The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released an order instituting rulemaking for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, being implemented in California by the CPUC. The deadline for the comment period was extended from May 1 to May 8.

Nationally, BEAD provides $42.45 billion to expand high-speed internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs in all 50 states and other specified territories. California will be allocated a specific amount under BEAD.

The preliminary scope of issues in the proceeding is set forth here (see pages 4-8), in accordance with the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules), Rule 7.1(d).  In general, the purpose of this proceeding is to develop procedures, rules, and orders necessary to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Commission by Governor Newsom.  Many of the rules for the BEAD Program, which the Commission would administer as a grantee, are already in place, either in statute or the BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in May 2022. The issues this proceeding would address include developing rules, where the Commission has discretion, that would apply to the subgrantees to whom the Commission would award BEAD funding.

You can make your voice heard in the BEAD proceeding, and read the comments of others, on the online Docket Card comment section at apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/R2302016.



Broadband for All, Digital Equity, and BEAD Planning Regional-Local Workshops


The CPUC and the California Department of Technology (CDT) are partnering with local-regional organizations and other state entities to host several  Broadband for All, Digital Equity, and BEAD Planning Regional-Local Workshops throughout the state. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about planning for these programs, provide feedback on how to make them effective for closing the digital divide, and connect with others who are passionate about digital equity in California. For more information, see the Broadband for All Factsheet in English and Spanish.


Check-out when in-person events are happening in your region, and register here as events are confirmed. See the flyer here.





More Information

May 5, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

San Jose

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Ridder Park Site
1290 Ridder Park Dr, San Jose, CA 95131

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May 11, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Sacramento Central Library
828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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May 12, 2023
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Grass Valley

Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building
255 S Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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May 16, 2023
12:30 – 6 p.m.

San Bernardino

CSU San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407

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May 19, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Los Angeles

LA Trade Tech Campus
400 W Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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May 20, 2023
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Long Beach

Veterans Park Social Hall
101 East 28th Street, Long Beach, CA 90806

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May 24, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Santa Ana

Orange County Administration South Building
601 North Ross Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

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May 30, 2023
Noon – 5 p.m.


Tuolumne County Resiliency Center
18241 Bay Avenue, Tuolumne, CA 95379

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June 1, 2023
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Santa Maria

Hancock College
800 S College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454

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June 2, 2023
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


CSU Monterey Bay, Student Center
4314 6th Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955

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June 8, 2023
Noon – 4:30 p.m.


Oakstop – California Ballroom
1736 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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