Increasing Broadband Availability and Adoption in the Region
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Broadband Projects

The San Diego Imperial Regional Broadband Consortium and its members are working on numerous projects in the region aimed at expanding the availability to broadband and the use of broadband in the home. Learn more about local projects as well as efforts at the State level to encourage the adoption and use of broadband in the home.

State Initiatives

California Broadband Map - The California Interactive Broadband Map is a tool for California citizens to find and investigate broadband services in their area. The map displays all of the broadband providers offering service within the area around a particular address. The map is updated approximately every six months

Public Surveys

The public is encouraged to submit feedback to the CPUC about the availabilty and quality of broadband service in their homes. These surveys are anonymous and used to compare the availabilty and speeds reported by the public compared to those reported by the providers

Public Broadband Survey - English

Public Broadband Survey - Spanish

CalSPEED Broadband Testing App (Android only) - CalSPEED, released by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), empowers end-users with a professional-level, industry-standard testing tool to measure the quality and speed of their mobile data connection.

San Diego CONNECTS!

Led by Consortium member Able-Disabled Advocacy, San Diego CONNECTS! aims to close the digital divide by 2,500 new at-home connections with low-cost broadband and equipment offers by mid-2015. The program was funded by the California Emerging Technology Fund and also includes funding and resources for digital literacy training and technical support. The program targets individuals with and without disabilities, 

For a majority of individuals with significant disabilities, accessing self-directed electronic One-Stop services for employment has not been successful, due to their lack of digital proficiency and knowledge of the labor market. Training as part of the San Diego CONNECTS program will be held at A-DA’s four training sites including their main office, Veterans Center, One-Stop Youth Center and co-location at the South County Career Center.

To expand services countywide, A-DA will partner with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), the regional One-Stops and with the San Diego Public Libraries to bring Digital Literacy Training that will result in broadband adoption to many of their respective regional sites. Over a two-year period, San Diego CONNECTS will provide Digital Literacy Training for 2,500 people and will offer bilingual services, Assistive Technology Training, other accommodations. Digital Literacy courses will be conducted on an open entry/exit basis with proficiency determining completion. Training will include Financial Management; navigating the Internet for healthcare, community resources, housing, childcare, etc.; Labor Market Information; and electronic job search for those who are “job ready.” Once trained in basic usage, A-DA staff will work to enroll interested students in an appropriate training and/or employment program, whether conducted at A-DA or elsewhere, which will ultimately result in employment, broadband adoption and sustainability.

Connect Imperial County

Connect Imperial Valley is a two-year effort to reduce the digital divide and increase digital literacy skills and job opportunities for low-income families throughout Imperial Valley. The project is led by the Imperial County Free Library (ICFL) and involves a group of local, regional and national partners.

Local partners include the Imperial County Office of Education, the Area Agency on Aging, the Imperial County Economic Development Corporation, the Calipatria, Holtville, Seeley, Meadows and Westmorland Unified School Districts, the cities of Calipatria, Holtville and Westmorland, the Imperial Valley Regional Occupation program, and Seeley United Educational Foundation.

Regional partners include the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Imperial Regional Broadband Consortium and Technology Training Foundation of America. National partners include Connect2Compete, Time Warner Cable, Viasat and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The project will be conducted between April 2013 and March 2015 and will target families in the communities least connected, including areas of unincorporated Imperial County and the cities of Calipatria, Holtville and Westmorland. The project is expected to result in broadband adoption in 2,000 homes or roughly 8% of Imperial County's disconnected households. Local partners and agencies, particularly government, education and libraries, will work together to ensure that broadband technology becomes a component of ongoing local and regional plans for economic prosperity.

Tribal Digital Village

The Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association(SCTCA) is addressing the lack of Internet access for its tribal communities, taking their wireless broadband network to the next level of support for its communities, the "tribal home". It has been a long term goal of the Tribal Digital Village(TDV), an SCTCA program that spawned the TDV Network (TDVNet) back in 2001 to bring Internet services to our key community buildings and programs. We have done the ground work to support key community operations on reservations, and created over 350 miles of point-to-point and point-to-multi-point links supporting 86 tribal buildings, i.e.- tribal administration buildings, EPA departments, fire stations, law enforcement, utilities departments, and Libraries, Schools and Head Start programs. We have the Infrastructure in place to support such an endeavor, and the desire from the people to have access to broadband. We are actively deploying the next phase of TDVNet's deployment.

San Diego County Office of Education Broadband Initiative

The San Diego County Office of Education is working to expand broadband usage and accessibility for all students and families through the Broadband Anywhere initiative. As educational resources become more reliant on access to the Internet, lack of broadband Internet access by students perpetuates the digital divide and the achievement gap.

Imperial Valley Technology Training

mperial County Office of Education has been offering technology instruction to schools and businesses in Imperial County since 1996. Our mission has always been to empower individuals by helping them infuse technology in to their day to day activities. We strongly believe that the value of technology is maximized when users know how to leverage it. For that reason our division strives to provide high quality educational opportunities.

San Diego Futures Foundation Broadband