Verizon Hails California Broadband Task Force's Call for 'Next-Generation' Networks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The California Broadband Task Force today issued its report to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature. The report calls upon public officials and industry leaders to maintain the state's leadership position by: building out "next-generation" broadband infrastructure; developing uniform permitting standards; stimulating more widespread adoption of technology; fostering innovation and collaboration; encouraging educational opportunities in technology; and creating a statewide e-health network.

The full report is available online at www.calink.ca.gov/taskforcereport

The following statement can be attributed to Verizon West Region President Tim McCallion, who serves as a member of the California Broadband Task Force:

"The California Broadband Task Force report makes it clear that we need bold leadership in the public and private sectors to ensure we keep pace with our competitors in the global economy. Verizon has risen to that challenge by building the United States' only widespread all-fiber-optic network and the nation's most reliable wireless broadband network. Verizon is the broadband company."