CETF CEO Presents Ideas

Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) appeared October 29th before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet to discuss California’s broadband adoption and how the Federal government should move forward.

The state has more than nine million residents living in remote rural communities on tribal lands, or living in low-income neighborhoods, or living with a disability. To add to the problem, the state has some of the most challenging terrain in the nation for broadband deployment plus the largest populations of disadvantaged residents.

As McPeak explained, “The number of unconnected residents is the equivalent of having five other states within our boundaries. Approximately 94 percent of all residents have access to broadband. However, the six percent of the residents totally unserved represents 768,000 households which is more than the population of Nebraska and spread out over more than 44,000 square miles of inhabited areas.”

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