California Broadband Task Force reports

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commissioned the California Broadband Task Force (CBTF) to “remove barriers to broadband access, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable the creation and deployment of new advanced communication technologies.”  The Taskforce just published it’s report, saying that better, faster and more available broadband capabilities would propel economic growth for the most populous U.S. state, where 96 percent of households already have access to basic high-speed communications. They suggest the state consider issuing bonds to pay for the broadband build out.

The governor also requested that the CBTF “pay particular attention to how broadband can be used to substantially benefit educational institutions, healthcare institutions, community-based organizations, and governmental institutions.” The CBTF recommends seven key actions to help California achieve fast, reliable, and affordable broadband service: 1. Build out high speed broadband infrastructure to all Californians. 2. Develop model permitting standards and encourage collaboration among providers.  3. Increase the use and adoption of broadband and computer technology. 4. Engage and reward broadband innovation and research. 5. Create a statewide e-health network. 6. Leverage educational opportunities to increase broadband use. 7. Continue state-level and statewide leadership.

[SOURCE: Reuters] [via Benton]

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