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Gov. Newsom pushes $7 billion broadband expansion to get California households connected to high-speed internet.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom is pitching a three-year, $7 billion broadband expansion to get California households connected to high-speed internet.

"Let's get this done once and for all, so that no future administration is talking about the scourge of the digital divide," Newsom said Friday as part of California's $100 billion windfall.

The announcement comes after a pandemic year that exposed the consequences of California's long-festering digital divide. As CalMatters reported, millions of students have struggled to access virtual school because they lacked a reliable internet connection at home, often because they couldn't afford high-speed internet.

Newsom's proposal would mostly use federal relief dollars to build a statewide "middle-mile" fiber…
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