Broadband In Northern California
The California Broadband Council was established in 2010 to promote broadband adoption and deployment in unserved and underserved areas of the state. The Council identifies state resources, encourages public and private partnerships, and recommends strategic policy to establish effective structures for providing world-class, high-speed internet access throughout California to support emergency response and increase affordability and digital literacy.
High-speed access is integral in connecting teachers to students, to parents and to educational resources. The rural digital divide diminishes access to educational opportunities, resources, and sources of academic and professional support (Howley, Kim, & Kane, 2012).
Broadband increases learning opportunities in rural California through online education. Many community and technical colleges and other providers have integrated online learning and technology into their programs to help students access training.