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California Public Utilities Commission

Two upcoming events hosted by the state technology department are aimed at informing vendors and local governments about procurement and mapping availabilities.
The department issued the latest in its series of updates on California’s progress toward building a statewide broadband network, which includes details on the administration of federal funding.
The laws are among those approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the end of the recent legislative session.
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 California Public Utilities Commission and the Franchise Tax Board have opened recruitments for these key IT positions.
The Department of Rehabilitation and the California Public Utilities Commission are conducting searches for candidates for these key executive roles.
In a new request for proposal, the California Department of Technology and the California Public Utilities Commission seek responses from IT companies interested in working on the Renewables Portfolio Standard Database System Expansion Project.
A handful of technology leaders in state government advise those seeking top leadership roles to build relationships, hire smart people, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
State officials have green-flagged the launch of a fare-based ride-hailing business featuring cars with no human driver at the wheel.
Several significant proposed laws that could improve digital equity and affect how IT modernizations are done are making their way through the state Senate and Assembly.
Steve Monaghan, the veteran chief information officer for Nevada County, has published the fifth in a series of six essays for Rural County Representatives of California, a service organization that advocates for policies on behalf of rural counties.
The California Department of Technology has released a draft statewide broadband map and design recommendations from its third-party administrator, for building out the so-called “middle-mile” network.
The proposed laws would address what digital equity means to the state and its residents and could provide funding to educators and technologists alike.
Work is proceeding on several fronts to fully plan and sequence projects and ensure supplies are ready, officials said during the monthly meeting of the Middle-Mile Advisory Committee.
“We are building the middle-mile network based on data and opportunities to improve connectivity that will result in reliable and more affordable service in all regions of the state, including hard-to-reach rural and tribal communities and lower-income urban areas,” write the state’s broadband leaders.
It’s far from a final approved act, but Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Year state budget would spend millions to continue existing technology initiatives and begin new projects.
The latest California Department of Technology Vendor Forum offered IT companies the latest word on current and upcoming procurements as well as ongoing IT work and process updates.
The state has announced 18 broadband projects across California aimed at activating an “open-access middle-mile network” – and reflecting billions in federal funding.
The California Public Utilities Commission has been working to follow state Auditor Elaine Howle’s technology recommendations since 2015, and the auditor’s latest update, published this week, reports that it’s still a work in progress.
The chief technology officer advises the commission’s IT leaders on major policy decisions that affect the department’s computing infrastructure, including desktops, servers, storage and backup hardware and software, security, applications and software standards; communication networks; Internet standards; equipment acquisition, installation and maintenance; and statewide technology.
“If implemented, these policies will reduce barriers to the improvement of broadband access and reliability within Yuba County. It also recommends using a public-private partnership model, leveraging state and federal grant dollars to stimulate private-sector investment in broadband network expansion,” said Ian Scott, broadband project manager for Yuba County.
With a signature, Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved several notable pieces of proposed technology legislation.
Marybel Batjer, a former secretary of the Government Operations Agency, took over the top job at the California Public Utilities Commission in August 2019. Her term wasn’t due to expire until 2027.
The entity selected has a long history of working with state and local government to improve Internet access. Here, it will focus on “developing the fiber network, creating rural exchange points, and collaborating with the California Public Utilities Commission and Caltrans” on, generally, middle-mile broadband.
Responsibilities of the position include advising and acting for the chief information officer and developing and implementing IT policies and best practices in commission offices statewide.