Governor Newsom, California Legislative Leaders Announce Historic Broadband Budget Bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

The legislation includes:

  • More vital accountability and legislative oversight.
  • Creating a ‘broadband czar’ and nine-member council within the California Department of Technology.
  • Hiring a third-party to build and maintain the ‘middle-mile network’ – high-capacity fiber lines that carry large amounts of data at higher speeds over longer distances between local networks.
  • Investing $3.25 billion to target that middle mile and build the broadband lines.
  • Providing $2 billion for ‘last-mile’ infrastructure lines that will connect consumers’ homes and businesses with local networks ($1 billion for rural communities; $1 billion for urban communities).

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