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CA Selects Oakland for Historic Investment to Close the Digital Divide

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As a critical step to close the digital divide, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Technology announced that four state highways in Oakland will be included in the first round of statewide broadband fiber infrastructure investments.

Segments of Interstate 880, State Route 185 (International Boulevard), I-980, and I-580 will all be sites of investment in “middle-mile fiber,” the key to unlocking equitable access to high-speed broadband in many of Oakland’s most under-connected neighborhoods.

The state’s Middle-Mile Advisory Committee, tasked with implementing $3.25 billion in funding from SB 156 to provide broadband access to 98% of California households, identified 18 specific areas across the state of California, with Oakland being one of only three urban areas prioritized in the first round of implementation.

“This announcement is a critical step to ensuring all Oakland residents have access to what has become a 21st century necessity, high-speed broadband internet in their home” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. 

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