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Community meetings seek broadband solutions

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Does your business or home have inadequate Internet service? Maybe you don't have Internet service at all.

The Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) 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 GCBC is in the process of mapping out demand by rural homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners and conducting community meetings bringing various Internet Service Providers (ISP) to these meetings. The GCBC needs the assistance of rural residents and businesses by taking a speed test and sending the results to, with a physical street address, to be included in the mapping process.

To conduct the speed test, visit the FCC site . This website is used to record the results of all speed tests and reported to the 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 GCBC is also looking for neighborhood advocates to notify their neighbors of upcoming community meetings. Send an e-mail to if you would like to serve your community as a neighborhood advocate.

The next broadband community meeting is April 5 from 6: to 8 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, in the Community Room. This meeting will focus on the broadband needs of the Harmony Ridge and the nearby North Bloomfield Road Area. Admission is free. The meeting will allow local ISP's to describe their services and what they can provide by means of Internet service.

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The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is the facilitator of a California Public Utilities Commission (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 Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog: Book mark 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, 530.823.4703, or visit

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