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CPUC Releases California Advanced Services Fund Broadband Adoption Gap Analysis

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On June 18, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Communications Division staff released an analysis on gaps in those subscribing to high-speed broadband internet. The Adoption Gap Analysis was ordered in Decision (D.) 18-06-032 and identifies various demographic barriers to broadband adoption and provides information to support important program and grant decisions for the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Broadband Adoption Account.  

The analysis looks at various potential factors and how they may affect adoption rates in California. Of all the factors analyzed, the analysis concludes that income is the most significant factor contributing to low adoption rates. See table below for the variables studied and their correlation to adoption rates.

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As a result, the analysis identifies the top ten communities with some of the lowest adoption rates and lowest incomes in California that will be prioritized for grant funding.

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In addition to these ten communities of focus, a map highlighting low income1 regions of California with low adoption that could be prioritized for grant funding was developed for the report. See map below.

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Lastly, the online California Interactive Broadband Map (http://www.broadbandmap.ca.gov/) was updated to add adoption rates and detailed demographic data at the census tract, block group or block level. These tools can be used by applicants interested in applying for grants in the CASF Adoption Account to develop proposals and will also be used by staff to inform where best to award grants. Better understanding these communities and their specific barriers will aid in determining where CASF Broadband Adoption funds are needed most and might have the greatest impact. 

The full analysis can be found here.

For more information about the CASF Broadband Adoption Account, please see https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=6442457502.

 

1 Adoption rates < 50%, and those census tracts with a median household income < $51,500.

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