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Assembly Joint Hearing Focuses on Internet Accessibility Challenges for California Students

SACRAMENTO– The Assembly Committees on Communications and Conveyance and Education will convene a joint informational hearing,  Wednesday, October 14, exploring the new reality of distance learning and the issue of internet access for California students. Communications and Conveyance Committee Member, A Press release from Garcia's office said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), has extended the invitation for Imperial County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. J. Todd Finnell, to provide testimony on the unique challenges facing the region.

The release said Assemblymember Garcia has been a champion of legislative efforts to bridge the digital divide. In 2017, he passed AB 1665, the Internet for All Now Act, which made improvements and extended $300 million into the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) for broadband infrastructure projects. Garcia currently serves as a member of the California Department of Education’s Closing the Digital Divide Task Force, established to meet the urgent distance learning and internet connectivity disparities that have been heightened by the pandemic, per the report. 

WHAT:

Assembly Joint Informational Hearing: New Reality: Students Access to the Internet for Distance Learning

 WHO:              

Assembly Committee on Education

Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Member, Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance

Dr. J. Todd Finnell, County Superintendent of Schools, Imperial County Office of Education 

 WHEN:            

Wednesday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 LIVE STREAM: 

https://www.assembly.ca.gov/todaysevents

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