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California Broadband Workshop Shows Work Still Needed to Close Digital Divide
November 25, 2015

Even at the epicenter of the high-tech revolution, there are digital haves and have-nots.

NTIA hosted a broadband workshop last week at the Computer History Museum in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. And the take-away was this: the state that gave us semiconductor chips, Internet search engines and smartphones faces the same digital divide challenges as the rest of the nation.

The Bay Area may be home to technology giants such as Intel, Google and Apple. But in the remote reaches of rural Humboldt County, there are tribal lands that still lack basic communications infrastructure. And in the desert towns of the Coachella Valley, there are students who can’t get online to do homework since there is no Internet access in the mobile home communities where they live.

The workshop brought together more than 100 local, state and federal leaders, industry representatives, community activists and other stakeholders to explore broadband challenges and opportunities across California. The workshop was the latest in a series of regional workshops that NTIA is holding around the country as part of its BroadbandUSA initiative, which provides technical assistance and support to communities seeking to expand deployment and adoption of high-speed Internet service. The initiative builds on best practices and lessons learned from NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and State Broadband Initiative, which invested roughly $4 billion nationwide in network infrastructure, public computer centers, computer and Internet training and broadband mapping.


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