Community input sought for broadband service
The Gold Country Broadband Consortium will host the next Broadband Community Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday scheduled at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City in the Gene Albaugh Community Room. This meeting will focus on the broadband needs of the Washington Ridge and the residences along the North Side of Highway 20, from Pioneer Grove to Washington Road. Admission is free. The meeting will allow local ISP’s to describe their services and what they can provide by means of Internet service.
The 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 group 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 bringing various Internet service providers to these meetings. The GCBC needs the assistance of rural residents and businesses by taking a speed test and sending the results to email@example.com with a physical street address to be included in the mapping process.
To conduct the speed test, visit the FCC site http://broadband.gov/qualitytest. 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 six mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.
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