Summer Broadband Update
June 29, 2023
As we enter the summer, we have some exciting updates regarding broadband funding, grant opportunities, and digital equity to share.
California to Receive Over $1.8 billion in Federal Funding to Increase High-Speed Internet Access
On June 26, 2023, the United States Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced funding allocations for the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to administer grant programs within their borders. California will receive $1.86 billion in funding from the BEAD program.
The BEAD funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks to ensure that everyone has access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service. Once deployment goals are met, any remaining funding can be used to pursue eligible access, adoption, and equity-related uses. Details related to the allocation for the states and territories are available on www.internetforall.gov.
Webinar: Federal Funding Account Application Process
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will host a live webinar for the Federal Funding Account broadband grant program on July 6, 2023, at 10 a.m. Prospective applicants will have the opportunity to learn how to apply for funds to build last-mile broadband infrastructure projects to connect unserved and underserved Californians with high-speed broadband service. The webinar will include an overview of the grant program, the application process, and how to submit applications through the Broadband Grant Portal.
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
How to register: Click here to register via Webex
Make Your Voice Heard! Take California Digital Equity Online Survey
One in five Californians does not have access to affordable, reliable broadband service, devices, and the skills to use them. Help members of your community take the first step toward their digital future by taking the Digital Equity Online Survey. The Digital Equity Survey is intended to identify the digital equity barriers and needs of California’s residents. The survey can be taken online or via mobile phone. It is accessible in 14 different languages and includes audio functionality for limited English proficiency and limited literacy residents. The survey can be accessed here.