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BROADBAND UPDATES

Our work continues through our partnership with the Central Coast Broadband Consortium with the goal of providing affordable broadband throughout the region. This past quarter our advocacy efforts paid off, and the CPUC approved funding for an infrastructure buildout to the San Jerardo Co-op near Salinas. We have also launched the Equal Access Monterey Bay program, which will help bridge the gap in connectivity for low-income communities, and are looking for seed funding. Charitable donations, as well as investment by ISPs, will enable low-income residents to access high-speed internet for projects that would not otherwise break even for providers. At the state level, we are impacting plans for the $3.2B in middle-mile investment as well as the allocations for the $2B for last-mile infrastructure.