High-Speed Rail and CENIC Join Forces to Create California Broadband Communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the
Corporation for Education Networking Initiatives in California (CENIC)
announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that
will foster initiatives to expand the availability and accessibility of
high-capacity broadband to communities and institutions throughout
California.

As a part of the high-speed rail system corridor, the Authority and
CENIC will create an ultra-fast broadband network, connecting into
CENIC’s statewide research and education network, as well as to other
public and private sector broadband networks.

“This new network will provide needed connectivity for communities
located near the high-speed rail system starting in the Central Valley,”
said Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morales. “This partnership
and new network will advance economic development and public benefit,
while generating ancillary revenue for the high-speed rail program,”
said Morales.

According to a recent Field Research Corporation Poll, conducted for the
California Emerging Technology Fund, the lowest income, least educated,
and most rural Californians are living without this reliable internet
access. This investment in broadband connectivity will allow these
communities access the educational, employment, healthcare, and civic
engagement opportunities that lead to greater economic opportunities and
to a better quality of life.

The Authority and CENIC agree that to achieve these objectives, they
will work together to develop a strategic plan that will include network
design, deployment, economics, operation and management. Furthermore,
the Authority and CENIC will engage parties from private, public, and
governmental sectors in the planning process to effectively serve this
diverse region.

“This strategic undertaking of the High-Speed Rail Program and CENIC is
critical to California’s continued advancement in all realms of
innovation,” said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC. “Our future
relies on the engagement of all Californians in the digital economy and
this project will provide them with the necessary infrastructure that
positions California for a prosperous future.”

A link to this Memorandum of Understanding can be found here:
http://hsr.ca.gov/docs/about/partnerships/mou/Cenic_MOU_2016.pdf

Contacts

California High-Speed Rail Authority
Annie Parker, 916-403-6931,
annie.parker@hsr.ca.gov
or
CENIC
Lee
Ann Weber, 714-220-3465
lweber@cenic.org