Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Expanding Broadband Services in Rural Communities

Great news for our rural CSU students and instructors!

Governor Schwarzenegger today signed legislation expanding broadband services in rural communities  throughout California.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced he has signed SB 1191 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) authorizing community service districts to provide broadband services to their residents.

“We live in an age where technology drives everything we do and to remain competitive and connected in the future we must expand broadband access today,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “This legislation will help connect California’s cities to each other and to the world by growing our digital highway.” Nearly one and a half million mostly rural Californians do not currently have access to broadband service

SB 1191 will help close this digital divide in rural communities by allowing community service districts to provide this additional service on top of many vital local services they already provide for including water, sewer and police protection. The bill implements a recommendation put forth by the California Broadband Task Force in its final report in January.

The task force was created by Governor Schwarzenegger to evaluate California’s broadband access and make recommendations to increase services statewide. Specifically, the task force’s final report includes maps of current broadband availability and speed, recommendations on how to achieve universal access and increased use and a timeframe to meet those goals.

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