On April 22nd, the California Department of Technology (CDT) released its draft map and design recommendations for the proposed statewide broadband middle mile network. The map outlines nearly 9,000 miles of infrastructure intended to serve as a backbone for last mile connection projects to underserved and unserved communities throughout the state. The state’s third-party administrator, GoldenStateNet, drafted the maps based on public comment gathered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in August and September 2021. In the coming weeks, CDT will work with GoldenStateNet, CPUC and Caltrans to refine the recommended project routes and begin the preconstruction process. Following additional planning and evaluation, including a more precise estimation of construction costs, GoldenStateNet will produce a finalized map that includes build and leased Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) routes to create a statewide open-access network. For more information, contact RCRC Senior Policy Advocate, Tracy Rhine.