ITUP’s Broadband & Connectivity Work

July 5, 2023

ITUP’s Broadband & Connectivity Work

Over the past 4 years, ITUP has been working to bring the health sector’s voice to local, state, and national Broadband and Digital Equity conversations. There is an incredible nexus between connectivity and telehealth, virtual care, patient engagement, and data exchange, and multiple opportunities for the health and human services sectors to engage (and sometimes get funding!) in the California Department of Technology, California Public Utilities Commission, and Legislative public forums. Yet, because the broadband community doesn’t typically work with health partners, the health sector, and thereby consumers, are not included in these critical infrastructure and connectivity conversations.

ITUP’s Broadband Convening goals are to:

  1. Inform: Bridge the knowledge gap between health care and broadband.
  2. Identify: Look for and spread the word on health sector engagement opportunities at the local, state, and national level.
  3. Activate: Engage in local, state, and national stakeholder processes and meetings, and apply for and receive funding.

Coalitions ITUP Actively Participates in: 

Additional ITUP Resources:

We look forward to continuing to break down connectivity barriers to health with YOU! Contact us at if you would like to be included in our broadband information updates.

ITUP Broadband Workgroups

ITUP Statewide Broadband Stakeholder Workgroup

In June 2022, ITUP began convening state-level health and health policy leaders to provide a space to understand the multiple opportunities for the health and human services sectors to meaningfully engage in the historic investments for broadband and connectivity. Over the past year, stakeholder engagement and funding opportunities from the California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Technology, and Legislative public forums are be moving forward and need the health and human services sector’s engagement to ensure the digital equity and inclusion needs for the future of health are considered and met through the statewide efforts to close the digital divide. More workgroups are coming this year, in the meantime, check out our 2022 and 2023 workgroup presentations!



ITUP LA County Broadband Stakeholder Workgroup

There are incredible opportunities in LA county to close the digital divide for the communities more likely to be uninsured and face systemic barriers to accessing quality, equitable health care. Health and human services sector leaders need to engage and participate in these efforts to reduce digital barriers to telehealth and virtual care for LA communities. In addition to the local broadband opportunities, there will be ample opportunities for stakeholder engagement and funding opportunities from the California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Technology, and Legislative public forums over the next year where the health and human services sectors can engage to ensure the digital equity and inclusion needs for the future of health are considered and met through the statewide efforts to close the digital divide. More workgroups are coming this year, in the meantime, check out our 2022 and 2023 workgroup presentations!

Co-hosted Partner Events

Data Sharing Workshop to Support Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles County (BluePath Health): View Recording

Data Exchange and Aging Workshop (BluePath Health): View Recording

Digital Equity is Health Equity: Opportunities to Drive Change for Healthy Families and Equitable Communities: (The Children’s Partnership): View Recording


Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

The State Digital Equity Plan Draft has been Released, Read it here!

The State of California has released the draft of the Digital Equity Plan. This plan will allow the state to apply for a Digital Equity Capacity Grant funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021. The state has invited the public to share their thoughts on the draft Digital Equity Plan through a public comment form that closes on January 25, 2024.


Middle-Mile Advisory Committee (MMAC)

The Middle-Mile Advisory Committee monitors the development and construction of the middle mile. Internet service providers and other eligible entities can connect and deliver service through the new middle-mile network. The Broadband Middle-Mile Initiative will provide equitable access to high-speed broadband service and prioritize inclusion of unserved and underserved populations, anchor institutions (hospitals, universities, government entities and community non-profits) tribal entities and agricultural regions.  

Meets the Third Friday of Every Month 

Next meeting will take place on July 19, 2024; Check out MMAC’s website for upcoming meeting links and registration.

California Broadband Council (CBC)

The California Broadband Council identifies state resources, encourages public and private partnerships, and recommends strategic policy to establish effective structures for providing world-class high-speed Internet access throughout California.  

The 12-member CBC is run by the California Department of Technology’s Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy which provides support by managing the statewide ecosystem of individuals and organizations dedicated to closing the digital divide.  

Next CBC Meeting will take place on  Tuesday, July 23, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST.  Check out CBC’s website for upcoming meeting information.

Existing CA State Broadband Action Plan 

Fall Broadband for All Summit & State Digital Equity and Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Planning Kick Off 

The California Department of Technology hosted a public webinar to discuss the State’s Equity and Broadband programs, implementations of the Broadband for All Initiatives as well as a briefing of the BEAD planning process.  

Highlights of this webinar were the CDT’s interest in hearing from various entities spanning from education, digital inclusion, civic engagement and essential services, economic and workforce development to the health care sector. 

Broadband for All Summit: Digital Equity and BEAD Kickoff Presentation 

Broadband for All Summit: Digital Equity and BEAD Kickoff Recording 

UPDATE! California received $1.9 million from the BEAD program, learn more here  

California Department of Technology: State Digital Equity Plan 

ITUP has helped to inform the State Digital Equity Plan, view the report here. 

UPDATE! Check out ITUP’s Submitted Public Comments on California’s Draft State Digital Equity Plan, view the comments here.

In addition, ITUP has been invited by the CDT to play a key role in developing California’s State Digital Equity Plan. ITUP is working alongside CDT on this historic project while continuing to integrate ITUP’s expertise and priorities into the SDEP. 

The California Department of Technology is currently beginning its development of the State Digital Equity Plan (SDEP). This will be a 52-week process and will include five key components designed to meet the goals of the Digital Equity Act (within ILJA) while supporting California’s vision, objectives, and strategies for digital equity. These five components are: 

  • Statewide Planning Groups (SPGs) 
    • SPG will advise CDT on work plan execution, provide input on planning activities, integration of engagement recommendations, and finalization of the draft SDEP 
  • Outcome Area Working Groups 
    • Outcome area working groups will focus on Education, Healthcare, Digital Inclusion, Economic and Workforce Development, Civic Engagement and Essential Services, and Tribal groups. 
    • They will provide strategies and recommendations to the California Department of Technology and SPG 
  • Statewide Survey(s) 
    • Gather statewide input to identify and understand barriers to digital equity among covered populations 
  • Local and regional outreach 
    • Engagement events to generate community plan input. 
  • Statewide public engagement  
    • Foster ongoing communication and integration of individuals, groups and organizations involved in, impacted by, and interested in broadband.  

ITUP was asked to be the moderator for the health care sector breakout session, and these were the questions asked during the breakout session: 

  1. What barriers to digital equity in healthcare exist for the populations you serve? 
  2. What stakeholders and partners should be at the table to help understand how digital equity can inform outcomes in healthcare? Who is missing from this conversation today? 
  3. What existing resources, programs, networks, or communication channels can be leveraged to support digital equity in healthcare?  

*If you’d like to contribute and provide feedback on these questions to the California Department of Technology, please feel free to email your responses to these questions to ITUP’s Assistant Director of Policy, Shirley Lam ( to share with California’s Department of Technology.  

State Digital Equity Plan Development Process 

National Telecommunications and Information Administration Digital Equity Programs 

California’s Public Utilities Commission State-Level Broadband Engagement 

Broadband Deployment, Assistance, Affordability, and Adoption Programs  

Broadband Infrastructure Grants  

Funding Opportunities 

Broadband Affordability 

Broadband Equity, Adoption, and Education Programs 

California’s Broadband for All Initiative 

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), was a federal subsidy program, that helped eligible households reduce their monthly internet bill up to $30. You can help get the people you serve, including Medi-Cal enrollees in a low-cost plan.  ITUP, in partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), conducted outreach and technical assistance to health and health-related stakeholders on the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

ITUP presented at the Central Valley Health Network (CVHN) Quarterly Roundtable for 2023 featuring the topic of redetermination and leveraging the opportunity to get Medi-Cal members connected to the ACP. Medi-Cal members are automatically eligible for the ACP program and are not required to provide any additional documentation

As part of this work, ITUP presented on the ACP program in various settings. Linked is the presentation of Addressing the Digital Divide: Affordable Connectivity Program for Low-Income Families.

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact ITUP Assistant Director of Policy, Shirley Lam at