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  • Published on August 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Access Sonoma Broadband is developing a Sonoma County Broadband Strategic Plan and is seeking your assistance on the plan's development. Please see list of upcoming broadband workshops and focus groups.

  • Published on April 18, 2017

    Although California is a powerhouse of technology and innovation, the digital divide persists for rural communities and low-income neighborhoods. Recently introduced legislation, The Internet For All Now Act, would ensure that  California remains economically competitive and a national leader in closing the digital divide.

  • Published on October 17, 2016

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has launched an online questionnaire for the Call Completion proceeding.

  • Published on August 25, 2016

    On Thursday August 18th the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a grant for construction of the Race Communications Gigafy Occidental Project for fiber-to-the-home, high-speed broadband Internet to the unserved area west of the town of Occidental. The grant is funded by the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), and administered and managed by the CPUC.

  • Published on August 3, 2016

    Internet Connectivity and the “Digital Divide” in California Households is a summary report of the CETF 2016 survey that tracks the progress of broadband deployment and adoption throughout California. 

    CETF Annual Survey 2016

  • Published on August 2, 2016

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held their first-ever Public Participation Hearing in Ukiah on Friday July 15. The Board of Supervisors chambers was filled with government and public safety officials and residents, and we sent a strong message to the Commission that Mendocino County demands that our telecommunications networks, both legacy landline telephones and newer IP networks, be reliable and dependable. 

    North Bay North Coast Consortium Newsletter

  • Published on July 6, 2016

    Momentum Is Building

    The spring of 2016 was a time of high momentum for public and community representatives working to close the Digital Divide.

  • Published on April 6, 2016

    The vision of the NBNCBC is to have the persistent digital divide in Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties eliminated.

  • Published on February 9, 2016

    North Bay North Coast Broadband Consortium January 30, 2016

  • Published on December 30, 2015

    After years of waiting, a CalSpeed app for the iPhone is finally available for free download from the Apple App store (in the search field on the app store website insert CalSpeed).

  • Published on November 24, 2015

    Sonoma County is a multifaceted mix of urban and rural communities and diverse populations. Still a Digital Divide exists in the County as a result of lack of access, skills, language barriers, and financial resources. Access to affordable broadband remains the major issue for rural communities. While affordable access is available in urban communities, computer skills, language barriers and financial resources issues continue. 

  • Published on September 10, 2015

    Sacramento - Today Governor Brown signed AB 1262 into law.  The bill provides $5 million to support groups and initiatives working to increase access to broadband in rural communities.

  • Published on September 9, 2015

    On Sept 3, Northern Sonoma County, portions of Lake County, Mendocino and Humboldt Counties were affected by yet another communications outage which impacted 911 services.  Access Sonoma Broadband, in coordination with the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County, is asking everyone, including all residents, businesses, and organizations, to please take an online survey to document the impacts to your organization from this outage.

  • Published on August 26, 2015

    The California State Senate voted unanimously, 38-0 in favor of AB 1262 (Wood-Healdsburg) on August 17th.  AB1262 was introduced in the State Assembly to reallocate funding from the CASF Revolving Loan Fund into the Rural and Urban Broadband Consortia fund.

  • Published on July 17, 2015
    During this fourth quarter of Year 1 most of the time and energy of each county team was spent on Activity 2.3 and on Activity 3.2. The county teams worked to bring together providers and priority communities to develop broadband plans and projects that would meet the needs of those communities. And, to work on finding the funds, including submitting applications for California grants.
  • Published on July 7, 2015
    AT&T will offer cheap Internet to food-stamp recipients if the Federal Communications Commission approves the telecom company's big acquisition of DirecTV.
  • Published on June 11, 2015
    Last summer the community of Brentwood began working with Sonic.net in a plan to use publicly owned conduit for a privately owned fiber network. Earlier this month, the partners celebrated completion of part of that network and officially lit-up the first residential neighborhood served by Sonic.net's fiber gigabit service.
  • Published on June 9, 2015
    In 1984, it was considered a nearly insurmountable disadvantage not to have telephone access. Under President Ronald Reagan's administration, the Lifeline program was established to subsidize the cost of a monthly telephone service for low-income citizens. Today, the subsidy can be applied to a wireless phone service.
  • Published on April 14, 2015

    The Federal Communications Commission is soliciting volunteers to supply monitoring data on actual broadband speeds received at your home, as opposed to the advertised 'up to ' speed tiers you purchase.

    Please click on the following link to learn more about the program and to apply:  https://measuringbroadbandamerica.com/volunteer-now

  • Published on January 13, 2015
    Use the Consumer Help Center website to file a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) or the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agencies responsible for investigating and resolving disputes between utilities and consumers. Filing a complaint puts regulators on notice that your utility's service is not good enough, and can drive important policy decisions.
  • Published on January 13, 2015
    Expanding broadband services in rural areas is difficult for many reasons, including the methodology used to collect data for the State Broadband Coverage Map. This map is created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) using advertised coverage and speed data provided by the internet providers, such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.
  • Published on December 12, 2014
    The FCC will now require companies getting money from the Connect America Fund (CAF) for their broadband build outs to deliver speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. Previously the speed minimum was 4/1, in line with the FCC's previous definition of high speed.
  • Published on November 16, 2014

    At Occidental Video and Internet Cafe, anachronistic evidence of the great digital divide is everywhere.

    It’s in the cafe’s dusty computers rented out to locals for $4 an hour ($2 for students) to access broadband Internet service. And it’s in the musty shelves of DVD movies and blockbuster cable shows city-dwellers can watch at home or stream on HBO Go or Netflix.

  • Published on November 15, 2014
    Most Americans can’t imagine life without the Internet. They go online to work, to communicate and to get news about the world. If the technorati in Silicon Valley have their way, health care, education and transportation (hello Uber!) will depend on a reliable, fast connection to the Internet too, through wearable devices, tablets and mobile phones.
  • Published on November 10, 2014
    Most ISPs were quick to denounce President Obama’s net neutrality plan in apocalyptic terms on Monday, which isn’t too surprising considering they were really looking forward to being able to charge extra for Internet fast lanes under FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan.
  • Published on September 3, 2014

    The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) in partnership with The Field Poll released results of a new survey examining the depth of the Digital Divide in California.

    The poll found that home broadband adoption rates have stagnated, leaving the hardest-to-reach Californians without an essential tool to access the educational, employment and civic engagement opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency. The statewide goal is to achieve 80% home adoption by 2017, with no single demographic group or region below 70%.

    Read the full report on The California Emerging Technology Fund Call for National Policy on an Affordable Broadband Rate.

  • Published on September 2, 2014
    On Sunday, August 3, 2014, at approximately 5:20 p.m., an aerial fiber-optic cable was severed along the Comptche-Ukiah road in Mendocino County. This road directly connects the town of Mendocino and the City of Ukiah, and is often used by logging trucks.
  • Published on August 10, 2014
    The Bay Area is ground zero of the digital revolution, but for many people around these parts it might as well be a million miles away. Rural California remains underserved by broadband Internet. Fortunately, local leaders have not given up on ensuring no one is left behind when it comes to the essential communications technology of the 21st century.
  • Published on July 31, 2014
    At Fort Ross State Historic Park, just north of Jenner along the coast, efforts to modernize the 3,400-acre tourist destination are being stifled by a problem rural communities throughout the North Coast face: slow and unreliable Internet connectivity that hampers interaction with an increasingly digital world.
  • Published on March 6, 2014
    According to the Ookla Speedtest, the average internet download speed in the U.S. is 21.72 Mbps, which makes the United States ranked thirty-third out of one hundred ninety economies ranked in that category. Hong Kong ranks first, with an average internet download speed of 72.54 Mbps.
  • Published on March 3, 2014
    A $138 million initiative to extend high-speed Internet capacity to about 150,000 rural California households — including 3,520 in Sonoma and Mendocino counties — has collapsed, forcing advocates to start from scratch after nearly three years of planning.
  • Published on February 24, 2014
    The long awaited app for anonymous iPhone speed reporting to FCC is now available at the App Store — Those with iPhones please install and test often along the roads and backwoods wherever you travel. Ground truth information is invaluable in providing accurate data for mapping service levels and service areas — please post the link on your Facebook page. Notify your family and friends with iPhones the app is finally here!
  • Published on February 6, 2014
    For an increasing number of Americans, access to high-speed Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We do work, email friends, find restaurants, watch videos and movies, and check the weather.
  • Published on January 9, 2014
    The tiny town of Ephrata, Wash., is home to just 7,664 residents. It has six public schools, an Amtrak station and one tiny newspaper, the Grant County Journal. It also has the fastest broadband Internet in America.
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Calvin Sandeen

Broadband Project Coordinator

Economic Development Board

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141 Stony Circle, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95401