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May 13, 2013
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Group seeks broadband input


The Gold Country Broadband Consortium is one of 14 regional consortia in the state funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access.

The goal of the consortium is to provide choices for affordable Internet service. In order to do that, the consortium is in the process of mapping out demand by rural homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners and conducting community meetings that bring various Internet service providers to these meetings. It needs the assistance of rural residents and businesses, who can take a speed test and send the results to russ@sedcorp.biz, with a physical street address, to be included in the mapping process.

To conduct the speed test, visit the FCC site http://www.broadband.gov/qualitytest. This website is used to record the results of all speed tests and are reported to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The goal is to get service to those who don’t have it and to upgrade service that doesn’t meet the state standard of 6 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.

The consortium is also looking for neighborhood advocates to notify their neighbors of upcoming community meetings. Send an e-mail to russ@sedcorp.biz if you would like to serve your community as a neighborhood advocate.

The next broadband community meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., May 29, at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, in the Community Room. This meeting will focus on the broadband needs of the Washington Ridge and the residences along the north nsSide of Highway 20, from Pioneer Grove to Washington Road. Admission is free. The meeting will allow local ISPs to describe their services and what they can provide by means of Internet service.

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is the facilitator of a CPUC grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. Additional information and announcements will be posted on the GCBC blog: http://goldcountryconsortium.wordpress.com/ Bookmark this blog as the go-to-place for the latest GCBC updates and maps. For more information on SEDCorp or the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, contact Brent Smith, CEO, at 530-823-4703 or at brent@sedcorp.biz or visit www.sedcorp.biz.


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