Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Proceeding (R.20-09-001)

On September 18, 2020, the Commission opened a proceeding, Rulemaking (R.) 20-09-001 to set the strategic direction and determine changes necessary to expeditiously deploy reliable, fast, and affordable broadband internet access services that connect all Californians. The core purpose of this rulemaking is to accelerate the deployment of and access to quality, affordable internet for all Californians. The Commission will be exploring short and medium-term actions in order to achieve this goal.

Relevant California law: Pub. Util. Code Section 281 directs the Commission, among other things, to “encourage deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to all Californians that will promote economic growth, job creation, and the substantial social benefits of advanced information and communications technologies….”  (Pub. Util. Code § 281(a).)


Background of Proceeding

Communities across California face a multitude of barriers for the deployment of resilient and accessible networks. Broadband internet access service in urban communities varies by neighborhood, with great discrepancies in infrastructure technology. Communities in rural areas often lack sufficient wireline and wireless broadband internet access service, as well as the backhaul infrastructure to provide broadband services. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the extent to which broadband access is essential for public safety, public health and welfare, education, and economic resilience.

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order (E.O.) N-73-201 on August 14, 2020 directing state agencies to bridge the digital divide and ordering 15 specific actions of these agencies to increase access to broadband in the areas of Mapping and Data, Funding, Deployment, and Adoption.


R.20-09-001 Proceeding Information

This proceeding will be divided into two phases. Phase I will address requirements on communications service providers and California energy Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) related to the restoration of facilities after a disaster such as a fire, and how to use the Digital Divide Account.  Phase II will be separated into two decisions, a Phase II-A decision on broadband infrastructure deployment pilot projects and Phase II-B decision on digital redlining. 

All filings related to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Proceeding including Documents filed, Rulings, Decisions, and Public Comments are available here.


Schedule of Events

All Party Meeting to discuss Amended Scope, Held 
May 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m. 
Phase I Supplemental Comments, Filed and Served 
15 days after issuance of Amended Scoping Memo 
Phase I Supplemental Reply Comments, Filed and Served 
5 days after filing deadline for Comments 
Phase I Proposed Decision, Issued 
June 2021 
Phase II-B Assigned Commissioner Ruling, Issued 
May 2021 
Phase II-A Pilot Proposals Workshop, Filed and Served 
by June 30, 2021 
Phase II-A IOU Pilot Proposals, Filed and Served 
July 15, 2021 
Deadline for Motions Requesting Evidentiary Hearing, Filed and Served 
July 30, 2021 
Phase II-A Comments, Filed and Served 
August 16, 2021 
Phase II-A Reply Comments, Filed and Served (Matter Submitted) 
August 26, 2021 
Phase II-A Proposed Decision, Issued 
Phase II-B Briefs, Filed and Served  
Phase II-B Reply Briefs, Filed and Served (Matter Submitted) 
Phase II-B Proposed Decision, Issued 

*Schedule Subject to Change  


Additional Information About Proceeding


The Commission Wants to Hear from You

Save the Date: 

Phase II Pilot Proposals Workshop

June 30, 2021, Time TBD 


Written public comments may also be provided at any time while the proceeding is open using the "Add Public Comment" button on the "Public Comment" tab of the Docket Card for R.20-09-001, available here. 


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