Common Sense for Kids and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are leading the charge for broadband expansion in California. According to the EFF, there are at least 50 organizations that have signed a petition urging Governor Newsom to hold an emergency session of the legislature to get broadband services up and running. The list of participants includes the San Francisco Tech Council, AARP of California, the California Center for Rural Policy, the Khan Academy, and numerous cities, politicians, and private citizens.
Even before the appearance of the COVID-19 virus, it is estimated that two million Californians, including 1.2 million students lack adequate broadband resources. Governor Newsom issued a recent executive order to establish a state goal of 100 mbps download speeds for state residents. Despite the measures taken by the government, twelve percent of California’s teachers say that a majority of their students do not have reliable broadband access, especially outside of school hours.
With students forced to work from home because of the pandemic, there is a sense of urgency in deploying broadband services. The group has taken action to try to speed up the groundwork that will get California kids connected. Interested parties are invited to add their support by contacting Senior Legislative Counsel Ernesto Falcon or Legislative Activist Hayley Tsukayama.