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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brittany-Rae Gregory
NEXT CENTURY CITIES ENCOURAGES STATE AND LOCAL COLLABORATION ON BROADBAND PROGRAMS IN CALIFORNIA
Washington D.C. (December 11, 2020) – Municipalities within the Next Century Cities network and beyond are working to understand unique challenges associated with broadband access and adoption. The State of California has been considering funding and legislative remedies that could support connectivity solutions. Legislation, such as Senate Bill 4, could provide resources and information for local governments that are grappling with ongoing connectivity challenges related to affordability, service quality, and resiliency.
Corian Zacher, Policy Counsel for State & Local Initiatives, at Next Century Cities stated:
“State funding for local broadband initiatives is a crucial first step to ensuring that everyone in California has a sustainable broadband connection in their home. At a time when unreliable access interferes with vocational, educational, and economic opportunities, seeking collaborative governmental solutions that boost broadband access and adoption in every part of the state must remain a top priority. Senate Bill 4 is an excellent opportunity for California to advance the ambitious goal of connecting all residents with reliable and affordable broadband.”
Read Next Century Cities’ letter here.
Next Century Cities is a non-profit organization of over 200 communities, founded to support communities and their elected leaders. Our membership includes mayors and other officials who are working to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable internet access. For more information, visit www.nextcenturycities.org .