The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has allocated $100 million over two years to the new California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), whose goal is to incentivize companies to expand high speed Internet service to un-served, under served, low income and rural areas of California. Companies who apply are required to match a minimum of 60 percent of the funds they are given.
Michael Kleeman, a Senior Fellow at USC's Annenberg School of Communications, says that we have seen our international internet competitiveness drop because we take broadband infrastructure for granted. In a recent San Francisco Chronicle piece, he argues that we need a national high speed internet policy that drives us toward universal access to broadband in order to regain our leadership position.
A new report from California notes that while broadband adoption rates in California are among the highest in the nation, there is a significant divide between rural and urban areas.
Thanks to our 80,000 Speed Testers, the Speed Matters Campaign has been making waves around the country. On Monday we released a state-by-state report and interactive map on U.S. internet speeds based on the test results.
More than 80,000 people have taken the Speed Matters Speed Test to learn the actual speed of their internet connections. We've used the results of all those speed tests to create the first-ever state-by-state report on internet speeds across America. Our findings were deeply troubling.
Last month more than a hundred people gathered for the third annual Redwood Coast Broadband Forum in Northern California. The purpose was to discuss the current state of high speed internet access along the state's North Coast and ways to expand access to all residents.
The San Jose Mercury News editorial hits the nail on the head with this week's editorial on the state of high speed internet access in the US.
The new Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, discussed the importance of high-speed Internet deployment at the Communications Workers of America's spring conference. Here's the video.
Few regions of the United States are more spread out and have rougher terrain than Tuolumne County, California. Containing the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne is not exactly tailor-made for high speed internet infrastructure.
Encouraging signs are coming from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has announced her intention to move forward on a set of programs called the "Innovation Agenda."