LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Parts of Los Angeles, including South LA, will benefit from a state’s $ 6 billion investment in California broadband infrastructure, the Department of Public Works announced today from the city.
The funding, through Senate Bill 156, will bring broadband to underserved areas of Los Angeles through an open-access middle-access network. According to the California Department of Technology, open access networks give public and private providers or entities wholesale access to broadband infrastructure on “fair, reasonable and equal terms.”
The city is also working to bridge the digital divide and is investing $ 5 million in a digital inclusion policy framework produced by the Bureau of Street Lighting.
“As the dependence on digital connection is so important in our daily lives, this plan is important to provide access and equity to Angelenos who need connectivity to be successful,” said Aura Garcia, vice president of the Public Works Council. “We would like to thank the city council for supporting this company and the Public Lighting Office by proposing a multi-faceted initiative. “
According to the Bureau of Street Lighting, the city’s efforts will be boosted by state funding, and planned programs and services include:
– improved computer labs and Wi-Fi connection in the centers of the Ministry of Parks and Recreation with up-to-date computer resources and extensive Wi-Fi infrastructure;
– expanded OurCycleLA, an existing program to refurbish used computers and distribute them to underserved communities;
– Digital Literacy Grant Programs to provide grants to support community organizations hosting digital skills programs for job training, e-learning, access to municipal services and financial literacy.
– FutureCorps, which is part of the larger AngelenoCorps program that will be placed in technical support positions to help bridge the digital divide; and
– Vision Lab, a location in South LA that includes several tech-related workforce development and digital literacy programs.
“The Office of Public Lighting, with the support of our municipal and community partners, looks forward to implementing these important services and programs that will bring computer and Internet access, online training, workforce development. ‘work and much more to Angelenos in need, ”said the Bureau. of the executive director of public lighting Miguel Sangalang.