December 2014  
Let's Talk Broadband 

Welcome to the second issue of Let's Talk Broadband, a quarterly newsletter for getting California local government officials up to speed on broadband issues, brought to you by the California Emerging Technology Fund and Valley Vision.

Volunteers and staff members from California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), California State University Sacramento, University of California Davis, and Valley Vision, to promote Digital Access and Scholarship Sacramento. Photo taken at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA. 

How Broadband Can Help Your Community Thrive



Let's Talk Broadband was launched as a continuation of the work done at the Local Government Officials' Roundtable last October in Sacramento, which 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 so please save the date! 


SAVE THE DATE - April 2-3, 2015 

2nd Local Government Roundtable - Riverside


For more information please click here. If you have questions or would like to register for the event please contact Alana O'Brien.


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. Please contact  Jodi Mulligan with updates, thoughts, and ideas. 




Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund


Trish Kelly, Senior Vice Presdient, Valley Vision, Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium

Leaders in Action 


In an effort to spotlight regional broadband champions, we will be posting interviews with Leaders in Action to hear how they are working to close the Digital Divide. Our second Leaders in Action profile is with Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, the Immediate Past President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).  Supervisor Gioia has been a long-time broadband champion and partner in the effort to increase access to broadband and digital literacy programs. You can read this full profile here.

Our first conversations were with Josť Cisneros, the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco, and the Immediate Past President of the League of California Cities (LCC), and Mountain View Councilmember Mike Kasperzak, a Past President of LCC. You can read those conversations here
Is Broadband Good for the Environment? 

CETF and Valley Vision in conjunction with the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium (CCABC) have released a new report detailing the economic and environmental benefits of broadband deployment. The report, titled
Broadband and the Environment: Technology Strategies for a Greener California, finds that deploying broadband networks across our cities, towns and farms reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and stimulates growth. 

The report identified six key opportunities for local officials to lead the policy discussion, including: e-government, telehealth, teleworking, precision agriculture, smart buildings, and smart grids and electric vehicles. 

Click here to read the policy brief and here for the full report.

Yolo Broadband Strategic Plan:  

A Community Partner Project Update

The community of Yolo County including the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland, have recently released the Yolo Broadband Strategic Plan. 

It is important to highlight the work that cities and counties are doing throughout the state on collaborative broadband planning. The Yolo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) embarked on a study to determine how to ensure that their businesses, residents, and community anchors have access to affordable, high-quality and high-speed broadband services that will meet their long-term needs. Please take some time to read the strategic plan here and you may provide feedback here.  

Next Century Cities Launch Envisions A Gigabit Future

On October 20, 2014, mayors and leaders from 32 cities gathered in Santa Monica, California to discuss the importance of high-speed Internet in building networks that position their cities for economic competitiveness in the 21st Century.


You can read more about the Next Century Cities initiative here and view the entire launch webcast here.

Broadband Leadership Call to Action
In This Issue
Funding Opportunities


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting 

December 1, 2014

The CPUC Defines 'Broadband' As Minimum Speeds of 6 Mbps Download and 1.5 Mbps Upload.
Test Your Internet Speed Here!
 Partner Organizations


Tools and Resources
Boost Public Engagement with Technology
Public Engagement and Technology

Resources from the Institute for Local Government (ILG):

 Call To Action 
to Close the Digital Divide  

Resources from the Local Government Roundtable: 

SB 740 & AB 1299 

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For more information about this newsletter and to submit topic suggestions, please contact: 

Jodi Mulligan

Valley Vision