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Technology Department Schedules Broadband Meetings

The details can be found in the latest edition of the California Department of Technology’s CDT Connect newsletter.

High-speed Internet is the theme of some upcoming meetings involving state agencies. The latest edition of the California Department of Technology’s “CDT Connect” newsletter contains information about broadband, including middle- and last-mile connectivity.

The California Broadband Council (CBC) will hold its last meeting of 2022 on Oct. 12 for a review of the progress on the state’s Broadband for All program and other digital equity initiatives. The meeting agenda and link will be posted on the CBC website.

The state’s Middle-Mile Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 21. The newsletter contained an update.

“Significant progress on the state’s Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative was presented at the Sept. 16 Middle-Mile Advisory Committee meeting,” the newsletter says. The full recording, presentation and transcripts are available on the MMBI website. Following are highlights:
  • CDT and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be going out to bid for construction contracts for a majority of the system by Oct. 14, and most of the 10,000-mile network is expected to be under contract by May.
  • CDT is preparing solicitations to identify opportunities to lease existing infrastructure, conduct joint builds and implement colocation for the statewide system.
  • Caltrans reported that 73 percent of preconstruction is now in progress statewide, up from 40 percent last month.