The California Broadband Task Force just released its report. Although California leads the nation in broadband availability with 96 percent coverage, they still have 2,000 communities unable to access high-speed internet and just over half of its households using broadband. It is an innovative and detailed report with specific recommendations spelled out. It looks like it could serve as a model for other states and perhaps the US itself.
Nicely formatted, the end of each Recommendation section provides a bulleted summary.
Here are a few details.
- Allow Community Service Districts to provide broadband if private sector doesn’t in a location.
- Establish a public/private partnership to ensure every household with a child is able to have a computer, high-speed internet access, and ability to use it.
- Provide tax incentives to technology-based businesses offering training and technical support to at-risk communities, particularly disabled and low-literacy populations.
- Implement a shared vision, strategic plan, and sustainable business model for an E-Health network.