* Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium
We live in a digital age, where it is critical that all members of the community have access to the Internet. Broadband infrastructure is necessary for access to information for education, healthcare, government, public safety, social services, employment opportunities, breaking news, and many other common needs. Equally important is that people have the basic skills and proficiency to use online technology in ways that can improve their quality of life.
Valley Vision received funding from the CPUC to manage the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium (CCABC) in 2017 and 2018. We have been at the center of coordinating strategic efforts to improve broadband infrastructure, access and adoption in California’s Capital Region for almost a decade.
What is the goal?
The goal is to fill critical broadband infrastructure gaps and increase access and adoption across the region to businesses, residents, and organizations, particularly within our unserved and underserved communities. It is now considered a 21st Century civil right issue.
Why is this important?
This work is important because broadband is the essential 21st century infrastructure necessary for economic competitiveness and high quality of life. Today, even entry-level jobs require online applications, teachers expect students as early as elementary grade levels to conduct research online, and police and fire departments rely on technology to improve community safety. But gaps in broadband availability, Internet cost and barriers in user skill encumber quality of life and impede business expansion, job creation, online banking, at-home education programs, healthcare, public safety, and e-government.
What is Valley Vision doing about it?
Valley Vision has been working on regional broadband initiatives since 2009. In 2015, Valley Vision began working to get Internet education into at-risk neighborhood schools through our School2Home Neighborhood Transformation initiative. In 2016, Valley Vision continued this work and partnered with the California Emerging Technology Fund on a Yolo County AgTech Pilot, which will document the need for broadband among growers and introduce broadband-enabled technologies to Yolo County farms, with results published in June 2017. Our broadband consortium workplan for 2017-18 includes Internet speed testing, broadband infrastructure mapping, working with a variety of public and private partners to develop broadband infrastructure and adoption projects, and many other sub-projects to ultimately close the digital divide in our region.
- Focus group participants and key informants in the scoping study stated strongly that broadband is the avenue of opportunity for a sustainable and inclusive regional economy and healthy community.
- Generated momentum to prepare a strategic action plan and further mobilize key partners and decision-makers in closing the digital divide in the Sacramento region.
- Developed the framework for what became the Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Program, forming 14 regional consortia throughout California focused on closing the digital divide.
- Encouraged the formation of regional broadband consortia throughout the State of California, and provided templates and examples of governance and planning models.
- Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
- Applied Development Economics
- Sierra Health Foundation
- California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)
- Sacramento Region Community Foundation