Sen. Dodd Introduces Bill to Boost Broadband

Thursday, March 16, 2023

 SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced legislation today to boost broadband and internet connectivity across California by allowing the state to lease its property to providers for deployment of new infrastructure.

"We all know how important it is to have fast, reliable broadband,” Sen. Dodd said. “You need it to survive in today’s economy. Unfortunately, broadband isn’t yet deployed adequately or equitably in many areas of our state. My bill will ensure the state can effectively partner with internet service providers to lease state properties for deployment of broadband infrastructure.”

Under existing law, the state Department of General Services is limited in its ability to execute leases of state-owned real property that could be used to support statewide broadband development. Such development could support digital equity, especially in underserved communities. Senate Bill 387 would give General Services more flexibility in setting lease terms, creating incentives for broadband providers to invest in much-needed infrastructure improvements. Also, it would allow the department to execute leases on behalf of other state departments such as Caltrans, Parks and Recreation and Fish and Wildlife, with their consent.

“With this bill, the state can use its property to generate revenue while enticing providers to expand their offerings,” Sen. Dodd said. “It will fill in unserved zones and help get high-speed data to those who need it for work, school and home life.”

SB 387 is expected to be heard in Sen. Dodd’s Governmental Organization committee within the next month.


Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at