[CalFiber] last call for sign on - SB28
shayna at 42comms.com
Mon Aug 23 12:24:15 PDT 2021
This is a last call for sign-on to this support letter
<https://forms.gle/mWWYJZjYeZXdoUZY9> for SB28 - we'll close it out and
submit first thing tomorrow morning. It's scheduled for hearing Aug 26th -
Many thanks to more than a dozen friends from this community who have
already added their support.
As a reminder, SB28 toplines:
- SB28 provides a needed accountability mechanism to ensure the CPUC and
others can effectively direct the planned $6B+ in state investment in
broadband infrastructure where it's needed most to close the digital divide
and advance digital equity, and gives local governments a seat at the table.
- *In concert with SB156 and SB4,The Broadband for All
Act, SB28 represents a significant step in the direction of modernizing our
Broadband infrastructure policy, and further centers equity as a driving
force in building the future of broadband in California.*
- SB28 has two provisions.
- The first would have the state identify resources, such as suitable
property, easements, and even spare state-owned conduit, that can aid in
broadband deployment. This simple step makes the state a valuable partner
to Internet Service Providers in closing the Digital Divide
without any new
taxes or fees.
- The second would make important reforms to DIVCA, the Digital
Infrastructure and Video Competition Act, which governs how
get state franchises to provide video and, through the same
- The five companies that provide cable and broadband services to 98%
of Californians all do so through DIVCA licenses. SB would authorize
the CPUC to collect granular data from these companies about the networks
they have built under their licenses, helping to ensure that network
development decisions have not been discriminatory to the detriment of
low-income communities, and returning local agencies to a seat
at the table
in the case of companies that are unwilling to meet thresholds for
expanding services to rural, unserved, and underserved households.
- A recurring theme in every working group, task force, coalition,
and consortium meeting on the challenge of digital equity is the need for
more and better data about who is getting what level of service. Internet
Service Providers are consistently unwilling or unable to provide that
data; SB28's DIVCA provision would close this gap and require the
companies operating under lucrative public licenses to meet
obligations, empower local governments to fill gaps existing providers
can't or won't, all while SB28s other provision would require
the state to
make available existing public assets.
Signon letter here: https://forms.gle/2Kh81e6XM83snChaA
*California Community Foundation - Digital Equity Initiative*
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