How Broadband Can Help Your
Closing the Digital Divide is one of the most important efforts Californians can make to help the next generation succeed in the increasingly global economy. The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and Valley Vision are working to inform and empower California local government officials around technology issues, with goal of building a strong coalition to advance our common issues at the local, state and national level.
To kick this effort off, CETF, in partnership with the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the Rural County Representatives of California and Valley Vision, held a two-day Roundtable last October in Sacramento that brought together 80 participants from 21 counties, along with state and federal agency representatives and Internet service providers. We're planning a second Roundtable for next year.
SAVE THE DATE - April 2-3 2015
2nd Local Government Roundtable - Riverside
Those who participated last year will be receiving invitations for the 2015 event. There is limited space for new participants. If you'd like to learn more, please contact Alana O'Brien at email@example.com.
Through the Roundtable and this newsletter, we want to spur discussion about what California local leaders need to do to meet the state and local broadband deployment and adoption goals. So please tell us what you are working on and we'll share best practices. You can send your ideas to Jodi Mulligan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California League of Cities President Jose Cisneros, the elected Treasurer of San Francisco, describes the city's Financial Empowerment initiative, and why having affordable online access is critical for residents to benefit from broadband services. Mountain View Councilmember Mike Kasperzak shares his experience working with Google on its recently announced plan to deploy fiber in several California cities.
Please send us feedback about the newsletter, and thank you for your commitment to get all Californians connected.
Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund
Trish Kelley, Senior Vice Presdient, Valley Vision, Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium