[CalFiber] last call for sign on - SB28

Shayna Englin shayna at 42comms.com
Mon Aug 23 12:24:15 PDT 2021


Hello friends!

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 -
Thursday.

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
cable companies
      get state franchises to provide video and, through the same
infrastructure,
      broadband.
      - 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
their reporting
      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

Best,
Shayna



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Shayna Englin
*California Community Foundation - Digital Equity Initiative*
m. 323-217-3565
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