The Future of California's Communications Grid

Communications Division

California Public Utilities Commission

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 3:00pm to 9:45pm

The communications market is changing rapidly - what began as a statewide, copper-based telephone network of franchise monopoly local exchange companies has evolved into a diverse, multi-provider and multi-technology broadband network that relies on copper, fiber optic, wireless, and satellite infrastructure.

Why Attend This En Banc?

Hear from stakeholders in business, education, government, and non-profit sectors examining questions on issues such as:

  • How will the increasing frequency and size of natural disasters strain the state's communications grid in the coming years?
  • What challenges will California's schools and libraries face for their network connectivity needs?
  • What will be future needs relating to network resiliency, reliability, affordability, and consumer protection?

This En Banc is the first in a series of stakeholder engagement opportunities envisioned by the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Communications Division to address how the state's processes and regulations will need to evolve to stay relevant to Californians.

Desired Outcome:

The scope of this en banc is intentionally broad in order to hear from a wide range of stakeholders about the state's communications needs and challenges in the coming 5-10 years. The en banc will provide a baseline from which the CPUC plans to have more targeted, follow-up workshops around each area with stakeholders.

Sacramento City Hall
915 I St Council Chambers
Sacramento , CA 95814