California’s legislature will be approving the plan to create free access fiber network. The state will offer $3.25 billion to recruit a third party to design and maintain a “middle-mile” network. This network will bring the internet to connection points.
The legislation seeks to offer $2 billion to help connect businesses and residences to local networks. Ensuring the middle-mile network is open to people will enable non-discriminatory access to networks, irrespective of who owns the entity.
Both publicly or privately owned can have access to networks. The middle-mile initiative is more concerned about areas that lack current internet options. The plan seeks to target areas that have no access to upload speeds of 3Mbps and download speeds of 25Mbps first.
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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will determine open-access middle-mile network areas. This will include locations without access to a known middle-mile network, regions with no adequate capacity to meet the demands of future middle-mile.
This legislation will yield vital, broadened access for California families by prioritizing the unserved and underserved areas, facilities, households, and businesses that remain disconnected in the digital era.Governor Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom is yet to sign the bill. According to Ernesto Falcon who works at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, both Democrats and Republicans have just voted for the good of all.