The San Joaquin Valley Affordable Broadband Summit Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm via Zoom will bring key community leaders together to strategize for the adoption of affordable internet across the region.
The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) is hosting the virtual summit with the deadline to register set for Nov. 7 at: https://bit.ly/SJVSummitRSVP.
A pre-summit held Nov. 1 addressed broadband barriers, resources and solutions such as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
At the summit, a diverse group of experts, community leaders, and advocates will share their insights and experiences in addressing Broadband Access in the San Joaquin Valley as they seek to bridge the digital divide in the San Joaquin Valley.
The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium is a partner with the Central Valley Regional Broadband Consortium which has joined the California Department of Technology (CDT) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to collaborate with other state agencies and local partners working towards creating an equitable digital future.
“Bringing affordable broadband internet services to the most vulnerable populations in the Central Valley is an important part of the work CVHEC does in the valley,” said Dr. Benjamín Durán, CVHEC executive director.
Three summit goals are to: establish a network of ACP leaders to reinforce action and advance best practices; shape a regional and county strategy based on local successes and constraints; and secure commitments for near-term actions.
Discussion topics are:
- Digital Equity and Broadband Access for All
- Strategies and Tactics to Increase Affordable Home Internet Adoption.
- Updates from State and Local Leaders on New and Existing Resources.
The virtual convenings are part of a series of Broadband for All, Digital Equity, and Broadband Equity, Adoption, and Deployment (BEAD) Regional Planning Workshops being held across California to engage with the public and collect feedback. Input shared during the workshops will help California develop the State’s Digital Equity and BEAD Five-Year Action Plans that will determine how future federal dollars are allocated to address digital inequities in the community.
For more information, contact Marissa Canche, Broadband Adoptions director for the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), at firstname.lastname@example.org.