[CalFiber] Time sensitive: CA Legislation to expand broadband access - sign on COB Friday (Dec. 4th)

Ernesto Falcon ernesto at eff.org
Wed Dec 2 09:22:28 PST 2020

Hey folks,

Just to re-up that we've got 2 days to flesh out all our signers. If you 
can reach out to others and follow up with them tomorrow, technically we 
can collect signers over the weekend too but this will be ongoing.


On 11/30/2020 3:47 PM, Ernesto Falcon wrote:
> Hey folks, here is the sign on for the attached legislation. We are 
> going to hit the ground running on Monday next week.
> Greetings,
> Today is the last day of the 2020 session with no special session 
> happening on broadband access or many other issues. That being said, 
> the next session starts next week and we have legislation (attached) 
> that will be introduced by Senator Lena Gonzalez who has been the main 
> Senate lead on ending the digital divide in Sacramento. _*
> *_
> _*The attached legislation is a product of close work with 
> *__*Governor Newsom's team and Senate leadership and I ask that you 
> review and sign on support so we can hit the ground running on the 
> first eligible day to have bills introduced *__*(December 7th)*_. We 
> need to have a strong early showing to have a shot at passing this 
> legislation early in 2021.
> If you wish to sign on to the letter supporting the bill, go to the 
> following link
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqfiQsc4XtdLfZyUpSTKLGVsfqYyDRsuOqHN9miSH_dHZ5xA/viewform?usp=sf_link 
> <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqfiQsc4XtdLfZyUpSTKLGVsfqYyDRsuOqHN9miSH_dHZ5xA/viewform?usp=sf_link>
> As you know, the current law is extremely limited in what it can do to 
> help 
> <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/02/californias-broadband-fund-ignores-fiber-and-favors-slow-dsl> 
> and is in need of both money and an expanded mission to include all 
> Californians lacking robust broadband access. If we don't pass this 
> bill, frankly there will be virtually no money available to do any 
> work on digital divide issues for 2021 let alone the future. The 
> legislation fixes this by expanding the grant program along with a 
> strong emphasis on local public infrastructure by doing the following 
> five things.
> *1) Stabilize and expand California’s Internet infrastructure program 
> (CASF) and allow the state to invest $100s of million on broadband 
> infrastructure every year until the digital divide is closed.*
> *2) Enable local governments to bond finance more than $1 billion with 
> state support to secure long-term low interest funding to build local 
> infrastructure.**
> *
> *3) Build broadband networks that meet the Governor’s Executive 
> Order’s goals with an emphasis on scalability to ensure future 
> proofing in infrastructure financed by the state to ensure access is 
> built to last for the 21st century.**
> *
> *4) Directs support towards low-income neighborhoods that lack 
> broadband access.
> *
> *5) Expand eligibility for state support to all rural Californian 
> communities.**
> *
> -- 
> Ernesto Omar Falcon
> Senior Legislative Counsel
> Electronic Frontier Foundation
> Office: 415 436 9333 ext. 182
> Cell: 202 716 0770

Ernesto Omar Falcon
Senior Legislative Counsel
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Office: 415 436 9333 ext. 182
Cell: 202 716 0770

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