California broadband internet access varies by race, income

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SIGNIFICANT GAPS IN ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET PERSIST

Californians have increased access to broadband over the years, but gaps exist for non-white and low-income people, according to a new fact sheet from the Public Policy Institute of California,

It cites a 2020 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau which found that 85% of Californian households had access to high-speed internet at home, and 94% with access of some kind, such as via a cellphone.

But the PPIC notes that racial gaps exist. While 87% of white households have high-speed internet, just 83% of Black households and 80% of Latino households do.

Households making less than $50,000 a year were only 76% likely to have high-speed internet.

Access to an internet-enabled computing device varied by race and income level. Twenty-three percent of low-income households reported no access; Black and Latino households 15%. Meanwhile, 5% of households with school-age children lacked access.

CALIFORNIA TOPS LIST OF BEST STATES FOR BEEKEEPING

What’s the buzz?

When it comes to beekeeping, the Golden State is tops, according to lawn care service website Lawn Love,

California beat out New York, North Dakota, Florida and Texas (the other states in the top five) to claim the top spot in the survey.

The worst state for beekeeping? Nebraska, followed by Utah (the Beehive State? Ouch.), Arizona, Wyoming and Louisiana.

So what makes California so special?

It came in second for most honey-producing colonies, behind North Dakota, and third in highest honey production value. The Golden State ranked fifth in most honey suppliers.

Lawn Love noted that California is home to 1,600 species of native bees, and that the state has both a thriving agricultural industry and a high level of biodiversity.

About 2 million migrating beehives come to California every year.

“California is so dedicated to saving bees that they have legally classified bees as fish in order to extend endangered species protections to our bee-loved flying invertebrates,” the survey notes.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“On Monday I’m introducing legislation to eliminate the Top 2 Primary and assure each party can have a candidate in general elections.”

– Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, via Twitter,

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He has covered crime and politics from Interior Alaska to North Dakota’s oil patch to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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