January 22, 2014 California Broadband Council Meeting

Dear Supporters of closing the Persistent Digital Divide for all of rural northern California,

The status quo is not going to bring high-speed Internet broadband to the rural areas of our state, currently being damaged economically every single day by sub-standard broadband. To change the status quo, we need to make our voices heard. We are inviting you to join us at the upcoming meeting of the California Broadband Council (CBC):

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Legislative Office Building (LOB)
1020 N Street, Rm. 100
Sacramento, CA
(map this location)

The CBC was established by legislation in 2010 (Senate Bill 1462-Padilla) to marshal the state’s resources to further the objectives of increasing broadband network deployment, and eliminate the Digital Divide by expanding broadband accessibility, literacy, adoption, and usage. We need to let them know that the Digital Divide grows wider and deeper in our rural communities, and hold them accountable to this important responsibility on behalf of all our residents.

The nine-member CBC is composed of leaders in their fields: Michael Peevey, President of the CPUC and Chair of the CBC; Senator Alex Padilla, vice-Chair and who helped establish the CBC; Assembly member Steven Bradford, Carlos Ramos, Director of the CA Dept of Technology; Mark Ghilarducci, Secretary of the CA Emergency Management Agency; Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Schools; Fred Klass, Director of General Services; Brian Kelly, Secretary of the California Transportation Agency; and Sunne McPeak, President of the California Emerging Technology Fund. More information about the council can be found at broadbandcouncil.ca.gov/home.aspx.

We would like as many people as possible to attend this meeting, so please mark your calendar and see if there is any possible way for you to attend. Their meetings include a 20-minute public comment period, and even if there is not time for everyone to speak due to our large turnout, your presence at the meeting will send an important message.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend, and if you would like to carpool. We plan to meet as a group before the meeting to share media materials, so please stay in touch and share this information with as many people as possible.

Thanks,

Jim Moorehead, Executive Committee Chair
Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

Mike Nicholls, Co-Chair
Access Sonoma Broadband