CSAC Bulletin Article

Two Supervisors Appointed to Key Committee Overseeing Middle-Mile Network Implementation

January 26, 2023

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) is thrilled to report the appointments of Supervisor Luis Alejo, District 1, Monterey County and Supervisor Valerie Starkey, District 2, Del Norte County to the Middle-Mile Advisory Committee.

In 2021, CSAC and a broad coalition of local government stakeholders supported the passage of SB 156 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review), which provided a historic $6 billion investment in broadband infrastructure. This investment prioritizes construction in communities with little or no broadband access in both rural and urban areas. The Middle-Mile Advisory Committee monitors the development and construction of the open-access middle-mile network. The Committee’s guiding principles include:

  • Providing affordable, open-access, middle-mile broadband infrastructure to enable last mile network connectivity throughout the state.
  • Building the network expeditiously, leveraging existing infrastructure, networks, and construction projects, where feasible.
  • Prioritizing connectivity to unserved and underserved communities, including community institutions.

On January 1, 2023, AB 2256 (Quirk-Silva) was enacted, which added two local government officials to the Middle-Mile Advisory Committee. Including local government representatives is critical to the success of a statewide middle-mile network, providing a perspective that allows local officials to identify the needs and gaps within their communities. CSAC along with the County of Monterey were proud co-sponsors AB 2256 and is delighted that Supervisor Alejo and Supervisor Starkey will provide their unique points of view from the perspective of local government on this key committee.

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