San Francisco Chronicle

How a farmworker town got broadband for all

If California is really the global tech capital, why is it so hard for small towns there to get the internet service they need? One answer to that question is in Gonzales, a Salinas Valley settlement of 9,000. While California’s biggest cities now struggle to provide internet access for people to work and study from home, Gonzales solved that problem a few months ago. Before the pandemic hit, the town offered broadband service, free of charge, to all its residents.