[iw] - Fwd: California Governor Gavin Newsom budgets for statewide fiber and broadband

Richard Forno rforno at infowarrior.org
Sun May 16 18:57:43 EDT 2021



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> From: "Dan
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> California Budget Summary, pg. 165 (p. 169 in pdf page numbering)
> http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf <http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf>
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> Link to EFF report
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/05/governor-newsoms-budget-proposes-historic-investment-public-fiber-broadband <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/05/governor-newsoms-budget-proposes-historic-investment-public-fiber-broadband>
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> Cory Doctorow summary
> https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/1393272080989233156 <https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/1393272080989233156>
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> This morning, California Governor @GavinNewsom unveiled an audacious budget whose crown jewel is a plan to pump $7B into medium-haul fiber links that will link every community in the state, no matter how remote or rural. If passed - it needs a simple majority in the legislature - this will make California home to America's most extensive state broadband network, and reverse decades of ISP lobbying against the provision of modern telcoms infrastructure to replace 20th century copper lines. The plan uses state money to bring fiber to the town limits, then creates a pool of low- cost, long-term loans - repayable over 30-40 years - that local governments tap to build their local fiber grids, according to their local needs, under local management and ownership. And, as with the electrification effort of the New Deal, the plan creates an expert agency that can advise towns on designing those networks and train local people on maintaining them. This is the patient money the market won't provide. Fiber broadband investment is future-proofed and may supply all Californians' digital needs into the 22nd Century (!), and telcos - who balk at investments that take a mere 10 years to pay off - don't make those bets. 
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