California Secures Major Funding to Help Close Digital Divide

Published On: April 11, 2024

The California Department of Technology announced that the state’s Digital Equity Plan has received approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), providing $70.2 million in federal funding to help close the digital divide in California.  

The initiative is part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s broader “Broadband for All” program, aimed at ensuring every Californian has access to the digital resources they need.

The approved funding will support various initiatives across the state, including affordable internet services, modern digital devices, and comprehensive digital literacy training. 

“I am proud of the work done in partnership with residents and advocates across California to build the State Digital Equity Plan,” State CIO and Department of Technology Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins said in a press release. “We look forward to implementing the plan with our community partners, because there is no equity without digital equity.”

The plan’s approval builds on previous efforts by Governor Newsom, including an executive order and legislation, to improve digital connectivity and equity across the state. The California Department of Technology, along with other state partners, developed the plan after consulting with more than 50,000 stakeholders, including residents, tribal communities, and local governments, according to the press announcement. 

Funding distribution is scheduled to begin in spring 2025, with the California Department of Technology expecting to receive the funds later this summer. 

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