State CIO Teri Takai Issues Statement on $2.3 million in Stimulus Funding for Broadband Mapping and Planning

California is Among First States to be Awarded Funding

For Immediate Release

October 5, 2009

Bill Maile
(916) 549-2845

State Chief Information Officer Teri Takai issued the following statement after the California Public Utilities Commission was awarded $2.3 million for the State to track, analyze and make public information related to broadband deployment in California. California was among the first four states to be awarded funding through the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Recovery Act State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.

"I am so pleased to announce that California is one of the first states to receive this important funding that will lead to a better understanding of broadband deployment in our state," said Teri Takai, California's Chief Information Officer and member of the Governor's Recovery Task Force. "The Schwarzenegger Administration is working hard to ensure that we receive as much Recovery Act funding as possible to help stimulate the economy and connect more Californians to the Internet. We are committed to increasing access and providing the countless benefits of broadband - educationally, economically and in so many other ways."

The CPUC's grant also includes $500,000 for non-mapping activities related to broadband demand and adoption issues. The CPUC is partnering with California State University, Chico Research Foundation for this portion of the grant activities, through a four-year agreement. The CSU Chico Research Foundation will identify subscribership levels within census blocks to develop a plan to identify barriers to broadband adoption, develop marketing and promotional material that will be utilized to promote broadband adoption and usage, and work with broadband providers to encourage high speed Internet services. These tasks will fulfill the requirements of the broadband planning portion of this grant program while helping the CPUC in its efforts to close the digital divide.