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Group urges legislature to approve Newsom’s plan for statewide fiber-optic broadband

A group of rural and urban leaders is urging the state legislature to act on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s three-year, $7 billion plan in the June 15 budget to close California’s digital divide.

The plan would use mostly federal relief money to build a statewide, fiber-optic broadband network to connect the 51 percent of rural households that have no high-speed options.

The group will hold an online news conference at noon Tuesday to state their cause — the conference will be accessible via Zoom.

The participants will include:

  • Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County supervisor
  • John Chiang, California Forward Leadership Council co-chair
  • John Peters, Mono County supervisor
  • Bill Allen, LA Economic Development Corporation CEO
  • David Rattray, UNITE-LA CEO

Additional speakers will be named later.

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