Accelerating Digital Equity

In Los Angeles County, it is estimated that approximately 365,000 households lack broadband internet service. The disproportionate impacts are mostly located in lower income communities and among populations that are predominantly Black and Latinx. Several government initiatives are underway to address this crisis, yet digital inequities persist in both rural and urban areas. The County of Los Angeles (County) Board of Supervisors (Board) directed the County Internal Services Department to assess viable options for the County of Los Angeles 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. The purpose of this website is to provide relevant information to the public on this topic, process, and programs.

Board Actions & Reports:
  • On August 31, 2021, the Board unanimously adopted a motion to assess options for the County of Los Angeles to facilitate residential access to reliable broadband service in low-income communities that lack affordable, high-speed internet service.
  • On September 30, 2021, ISD submitted a report outlining options for the Board to consider, including the option to deploy Community Wireless Networks.
  • On November 16, 2021, the Board unanimously approved a motion to advance the Community Wireless Networks by instructing ISD to coordinate implementation.
  • On February 7, 2022, ISD submitted its first quarterly progress report on the status of the various workstreams.
  • On May 13, 2022, ISD submitted its second quarterly progress report on the status of the various workstreams.
Maps & Data:
Community Wireless Network:
  • The Community Wireless Network is one of the strategies that the Board has directed the County to pursue to accelerate digital equity.
  • Wireless broadband networks provide internet access using radio links rather than landlines. The County’s Community Wireless Networks will rely on equipment mounted to public buildings, streetlights, and other community real estate assets to deliver high-speed connections to households or other end users who are equipped to receive the signal.
  • On March 21, 2022, the County released a Request for Statement of Qualifications for the Installation and Operation of Community Wireless Networks to Deliver Residential Broadband Services.
  • Community Wireless Network – Information and FAQ’s
  • Download a copy of the Community Wireless Network RFSQ
  • In order to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the solicitation process, any questions related to the RFSQ should be directed to CommunityWireless@isd.lacounty.gov.
Affordable Connectivity Program:
  • On December 31, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program was replaced by the $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Under this new program, the monthly broadband benefit is $30. The monthly benefit is $75 for households on qualifying Tribal lands. The income eligibility was raised from 135% to 200% of the Federal Poverty Line.
  • More than 354,000 households are currently enrolled in the ACP (formerly EBB program), but this count is well below the estimated 822,000 households that are eligible.
  • The County has launched an outreach campaign to ensure that eligible residents apply for the ACP.
  • If you’re interested in spreading the word about ACP, please check out our Social Media/Press Toolkit.
  • To learn more and apply, click here.