The community of Bodega Bay, with broadband service supplied by Comcast and ATT has little or no wireless cell phone connectivity.
Very limited and slow DSL has now been introduced to the community by Verizon. Community is underserved by state definition as speeds fall far below state minimums of 6 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.
Jenner, Cazadero, Joy Road and The Sea Ranch
Have been identified as four communities in Sonoma County to be prioritized to the California State Public Utilities Commission to be considered for broadband infrastructure expansion and funding. There are over 130 communities in the state within this tier of escalation and not sufficient funding available to correct the situation in all communities. The state Public Utilities Commission analysts are evaluating each project in order to establish ranking for funding.
The community of Valley Ford relies on either dial up or satellite for individual connectivity – yet ATT supplies their Central Office with fiber.
Kashia Band of Pomo’s
The Kashia Band of Pomo’s has one T1 line at $400 per month supplying their Rancheria Headquarters and one T1 line at $400 per month servicing a school with 9 students. Satellite service is unavailable due to trees and mountains obstructing a window to the sky.
Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley
Wireless (over the air) connectivity is available from a transmitter tower to line of sight locations in many areas. Speeds will vary dependent upon location, terrain and weather conditions.
Joy Road Homeowners Association
Joy Road Homeowners Association, just southwest of Occidental, consisting of approximately 350 residences in Western Sonoma County relies upon a WISP (2 mbps) for line of sight service. Those without line of sight rely on satellite (if window to sky is available), expensive cell phone tethering (if signal is adequate) or dial up. This area on maps shows as being served, but is not.
Similar situations abound for residents and businesses in the Sonoma Valley. Comcast may not have expanded service commensurate with population growth in conformance with franchise agreements.