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State Tech Department, Partners Hosting Broadband, Equity Talks

The California Department of Technology and one of its frequent state collaborators are convening conversations on broadband deployment, digital equity planning and related activities later this month.

The state’s technology department is working with several partners to provide education and, likely, updates on broadband and digital equity work across California.

The California Department of Technology (CDT), the California Public Utilities Commission and “other state partners invite you and your organization” to the Fall Broadband for All Summit & State Digital Equity Planning (SDEP) and Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Planning Kickoff, CDT said Wednesday via email, adding:

“We look forward to further aligning and expanding our partnership with your organization on the state’s Broadband for All goals to promote broadband access, affordability, adoption, and digital literacy and once and for all close the digital divide and achieve digital equity throughout the state.”

The event, which will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 24, can be found on the state’s Broadband for All portal. It should offer a comprehensive look at connectivity and equity in the state. According to CDT, activities will include “panel discussions and information sessions on the state’s equity and broadband programs, implementations of the state’s Broadband for All initiatives, and a briefing on the state’s digital equity and Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment planning process.”

Also among the topics will be “how you and your organizations can partner with the state and contribute to these efforts,” according to CDT. The day will wrap up with a “moderated discussion on digital equity outcomes” followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration may be found here.