Governor Signs Bonta Bill Increasing Access to Advanced Telecommunications Networks

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown has signed AB 2292, which provides cities and counties with a new tool to expand broadband projects in order to bring high-speed communications, jobs, and new businesses to local communities.  Local communities will now be able to use infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism that requires voter approval, for use in communitywide infrastructure and financing projects.  The bill had strong bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.

“In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, many local governments have limited options to revitalize their economies.  Broadband has been federally and internationally recognized as a key driver of economic growth and national competitiveness, in addition to contributing to social and cultural development,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

AB 2292 is sponsored by the City of San Leandro, which is interested in completing their high-speed fiber loop, thereby providing businesses with Internet speeds of up to 10 gigabytes per second, a speed roughly 2,000 times faster than the average internet access speed in the United States.

“Investment and development follow infrastructure. In the 18th century, seaports were critical; in the 19th century, it was railroads; and in the 20th century it was highways and airports. What does the 21st century have to offer? Ultra high-speed broadband access.  I give my thanks to Assemblymember Bonta for being a leader on this issue and bringing forth AB 2292,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy of San Leandro.

“Broadband technology provides cities and counties with an opportunity to stimulate the economic climate by providing businesses with the competitive advantage of being connected to high-speed fiber optic networks.  I am proud that Governor Brown has signed this important legislation.  He clearly is committed to having California stay at the forefront of the innovation economy and current technologies throughout the world,” Bonta concluded.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro.  He is Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay. Bonta is also a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.