The CETF Partnership emerged because the benefits of high-speed internet—but also the challenges—are crystal clear. Broadband has the potential to assist county residents with everything from applying to jobs and claiming refundable tax credits to earning credentials and consulting doctors. But uneven regional development, income gaps, and other barriers continue to prevent many Californians from leveraging the transformative potential of digital platforms.
That’s why CSAC forged the CETF Partnership as a collaboration between CSAC and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) aimed at promoting affordable broadband. Our goal is to help ensure county residents enroll in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and counties leaders provide input on the state’s Broadband Access, Equity, and Deployment (BEAD) Plan. CSAC’s role is to leverage the Foundation to deliver ACP webinars, promote BEAD workshops, and conduct broader outreach, while CETF provides coordination and support.