James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense, Reacts to California's New Budget for Broadband Infrastructure
San Francisco (July 15, 2021) -- Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense, issues the following statement in reaction to California's new $6 billion investment for middle-mile broadband infrastructure in unserved communities:
"Common Sense applauds the Governor and Legislature for taking this bold step toward delivering affordable high-speed internet to all Californians. While we have a lot of work to do to close the digital divide, this investment coupled with the expected increase in funding from the federal infrastructure plan has the potential to close the Golden State's digital divide for good. With more than 1.5 million students in California lacking affordable and high quality broadband access, particularly in low income families, California's leaders did the right thing and we are eager to see swift action so that every Californian -- no matter their zip code or socioeconomic background -- has access to education, health care, and other critical services through the internet."
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Lisa Cohen, Common Sense Media