Santa Rosa, CA – June 1, 2013 – This document is the result of a multi-year collaboration between Mendocino and Sonoma Counties to assess the state of broadband in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, and to understand our situation in the regional planning context of Northern California.
Unfortunately, the news is grim – rural areas of both Mendocino and Sonoma County often have a crippling lack of broadband service, and we suspect the same is true in many rural areas of all Northern California counties.
The message is clear. Northern California needs an affordable robust regional middle-mile infrastructure to support last mile deployment in these areas, and additional money must be added to the California Advanced Services Fund broadband infrastructure grant account to fund its deployment.
We encourage all who have an interest in the economic health of Northern California to read this document carefully, and take to heart the plight of our rural population frozen into a permanent digital divide.
Executive Committee Chair, Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County
Chair, Access Sonoma Broadband
Please visit the State of Broadband in Northern California, 2013, web page: www.mendocinobroadband.org/sbnc2013