Broadband community meetings set

By From page A12 | May 17, 2013

The next broadband community meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23 at the Sportsman’s Hall, 5620 Pony Express Trail, Camino.

The meeting’s theme is “From the Pony Express to the Internet.” Speakers include Jimmy Swigart, a member of the National Pony Express Association; USDA Rural Development’s Robert Tse, who will be talking about the use of broadband in today’s agriculture; and Steve Grove of McCrometer Connect, who will talk about state-of-the-art use of wireless telemetry for monitoring soil and crop conditions and controlling irrigation and pest control activities.

Lunch will be served free of charge on the Sportsman’s patio. RSVP’s are required. All of this will be free to the attendees, but attendance is limited to only about 110.

Call 530-823-4703 or e-mail [email protected] to reserve a seat. Reservations will close when capacity is reached or no later than Monday, May 19.

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 [email protected], with a physical street address, to be included in the mapping process.

To conduct the speed test, visit the FCC site or Speed test instruction can be found on the GCBC Website at 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 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.


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