Los Angeles, CALos Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to utilize existing infrastructure and resources to accelerate digital equity:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the severity of inequities in digital access and infrastructure,” shared Chair Solis. “Too many of our constituents are unfairly disadvantaged and experiencing hardships due to lack of quality internet service; preventing many from accessing education, employment opportunities, health services, financial resources, support networks, and commerce. I have made addressing digital equity one of my highest priorities, and to that end, it is imperative that the County take the necessary steps to utilize existing resources and assets to accelerate the availability of affordable broadband to households in need. This motion seeks to act with urgency to ensure that our constituents have immediate access to reliable high-speed internet service, while we continue to work on comprehensive strategic efforts around infrastructure development and legislative actions.”

The motion instructs the County’s Internal Services Department, in consultation with the CEO and County Counsel, to report back in 30 days with viable options for the County to facilitate residential access to reliable broadband service in low-income communities where greater than 20% of the households lack internet service, based on data from the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

To view the full motion, click here.