The Fiber Broadband Association believes that by reducing regulation, we can propel investment in all-fiber infrastructure. In the past, the Fiber Broadband Association has urged regulators to: not mandate unbundling of fiber facilities; not impose onerous open internet requirements on broadband providers; not require battery back up in all-fiber networks; and not regulate the prices for business data services provided over all-fiber facilities. In addition, the Fiber Broadband Association advocates for the removal of public and private barriers to investment, such as unreasonable fees for access to poles and rights of way and unreasonable franchise requirements.
As a result of Executive Order S-23-06, the California Broadband Task Force has spent the last year identifying opportunities for—and challenges to—broadband deployment and adoption. The enclosed report represents the culmination of that work, including maps of current broadband availability and speed, recommendations to achieve ubiquitous access and increased use, and a timeframe in which to meet these critical goals.
Developed by a diverse group of experts—representing businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and public servants across the state—this report provides a foundation to guide the often-contentious public policy debate that surrounds broadband. Quickly implementing the policies and programs recommended by the Task Force will require significant leadership from all sectors, including government. A number of the recommendations require changes that can be made only through law or executive order. Many others require the government to convene experts and facilitate action by stakeholders. When California succeeds in realizing the goals of this report, our state will maintain its longstanding position as the premierplace in the world to live and work.