Today’s guest is Dr. Barbara O’Connor, a Professor Emeritus at CSU Sacramento, and a household name for folks with deep roots in California public policy. She worked the McGovern campaign, has been an AARP board member, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 for the Future,” a feature on the 50 people who will set policy and direction for global communications. And, she started Sacramento’s first NPR affiliate, KXPR.
These days she is chair of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and the pandemic is highlighting the need for one of the group’s priorities: getting good, reliable internet to all Californians. Their proposal – the California Network – is being discussed at the Capitol this week.