EXPAND UNIVERSAL BROADBAND
On my summer road trip, I traveled to over 50 counties across the state. Throughout my travels, there's one issue that has been raised almost everywhere I've been: the demand for high-speed internet access!
According to the 2017 California Broadband Adoption survey, 1 in 3 Californians lack broadband at home, and in rural areas that number is much higher. According to Jessica, a U.S. Census Bureau partnership specialist I met in Humboldt County, broadband access is so important that it is a demographic data point the Census is tracking.
Broadband is also essential for economic success. Increasing Californians’ access to broadband is one of the easiest and best policy measures that can be undertaken to boost the economy. Recent studies show that greater broadband access increases employment and job stability, speeds job searches, improves the economy of local communities, and increases the state's GDP.
As Lt. Governor, I will work hand-in-hand with the state's leading broadband experts, the California Broadband Council, the California Emerging Technology Fund, and the UC Riverside Center for Broadband Policy to make sure every person in every corner of California is connected to the internet and has the skills necessary to be able to fully participate in the 21st century economy.