Author: Roger Bostwick
Being connected to the internet has become essential to staying in touch with the rest of the world, keeping up with news and managing day-to-day activity on our farms, ranches and businesses. For this reason, it has become more and more important for people across our country, but particularly in rural communities, to have access to high-speed internet. Unfortunately, though urban and suburban communities may take it for granted, this high-speed connectivity is not a reality for many of us in outlying areas.
Author: Samantha Young
As the mayor of the small town of Winters, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry advocated powerfully for computers in the schools and faster Internet speeds in her rural community.
Students in Winters’ classrooms now have computers and their parents learned how to use tablets — opening a new world for both them and their children.
Author: Mike Montgomery
Too often the agency’s rules end up stifling innovation.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is developing a nasty habit of passing rules that end up doing more harm than good. These rules may initially be well intentioned but the end result is that some certainly stifle innovation. We’re seeing a very clear example of that right now in the Wi-Fi router industry.
Author: Kish Rajan
Assemblyman Mike Gatto is taking a bold step with his proposed constitutional amendment to obliterate the California Public Utilities Commission. Such a drastic action may not pass into law, but it kick-starts a critical conversation about the agency’s future.
Gatto cites concerns about the PUC’s handling of a string of problems related to energy utilities, including the San Onofre nuclear plant shutdown and the San Bruno gas line explosion. The commission is also deeply engaged in overseeing California’s massive shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.