“Online learning, remote work, job hunting, or meeting with doctors - these all depend on high-speed internet. Access to these essential services should not be contingent on income, zip code, or digital skill sets. Equal access to broadband is a fundamental right for all Californians.”
Advocating for Equitable, Affordable Access to the Connected World
The California Alliance for Digital Equity is a dedicated group of local and statewide advocates, including NextGen Policy, who focuses on all forms of digital equity, from device acquisition to broadband access to digital literacy.
Access to and facility with the internet is a requirement to engage in today’s world. Work activities, school classes, job applications, and medical appointments all demand reliable high-speed internet. Every Californian deserves access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet, and to have the opportunity to learn how to effectively navigate the digital world. We believe a fast connection without bandwidth or data limitations, coupled with technical support, is a civil right—not a luxury.
We believe that access to a fast and reliable internet connection without bandwidth or data limitations, coupled with technical support, is a civil right—not a luxury. Below you will find the package we are prioritizing when it comes to closing the digital divide.
Reforms existing laws to increase digital equity and ensure that all Californians can access affordable, high-quality video and broadband services.
Creates the Affordable Internet and Net Equality Act which establishes a set of factors that will ensure that all Californians have access to affordable internet services.
NGP understands the importance of partnerships and community, that’s why we’ve teamed up with members of our communities to help provide the necessary access to equipment, resources and information to help California thrive.
In the summer of 2021, NGP partnered with Qwasar Silicon Valley and Cañada College in Redwood City, California to support the launch of a not-for-credit full stack web developer course. A full stack developer is someone with the advanced digital skills required to develop both the “front end” and “back end” of an app or web page. This 9-12 month program – whose subsidized tuition costs students just $99 – prepares participants for a living-wage career with opportunities for advancement. The pilot has been very successful, and we are working to expand the program to other regions in the state, prioritizing the recruitment and success of justice-involved and hard-to-employ students.
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