Friday, June 29, 2007

California Broadband Task Force issues report on state government actions to increase broadband access

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration has released the first report of the administration's Broadband Task Force formed late last year. The task force was formed under an executive order issued in October 2006 to "identify and eliminate obstacles to making broadband internet access ubiquitous in the state."

The June 25 report identifies actions state agencies can take to "immediately promote broadband access and usage." As might be expected since it's focused on administrative agency actions, there's little in the report that addresses the fundamental "last mile" problem that leaves many Californians cut off from wireline-based broadband services that aren't offered to them by the telco/cable duopoly.

The task force is due to issue a second report in October that "lays out a vision for California to be the model state where barriers to broadband access and adoption are eliminated."

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