The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc for California’s economy and closed thousands of schools across the state. Families, students and business owners are relying more heavily than ever on high-speed internet connectivity – but for many Californians, access to this essential technology is limited. Many do not have access to high speed broadband or lack the essential computers/cell phones to utilize these services. It is estimated that 765,000 computers and 416,000 wifi hotspots would be needed to bridge this digital divide.
Mark Guillen, the West Region public affairs manager for Crown Castle, a large telecommunications infrastructure provider, joins us to talk about the challenge of providing more robust and widespread internet access – and how long it might take.