Closing the Gap: Smart Policy to Achieve Digital Equity
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About the Event
COVID-19 laid bare how essential connectivity and digital access are to our ability to survive and thrive in modern society. Reliable access to the internet, and the devices to effectively utilize it, are more critical than ever to day-to-day existence and in some cases survival. But many of our community members face barriers to accessing this virtual world. In Los Angeles, issues of internet coverage, speed, affordability and access are particularly acute in low-income, densely populated urban neighborhoods—the communities served by community health centers.
The digital divide, and the inequities it exacerbates, are not going unnoticed. Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) championed a bill package to streamline processes for broadband infrastructure projects and modernize an existing broadband funding program administered by the California Public Utilities Commission. The state budget invests $6 billion to take steps toward “Broadband for All,” and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the LA DEAL coalition are actively working to maximize deployment of resources in our most impacted neighborhoods.
Join the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County for a timely discussion - part of their Policy Café breakfast series - with California State Senator Lena Gonzalez and Public Utilities Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves to explore how we can overcome the digital divide and ensure no one is left behind.