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Broadband community meetings set

From page A12 | May 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

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 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, 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.


Discussion | 6 comments

  • Ernie LouisMay 15, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Mike, Thanks for covering this issue. We are all interested. Ernie Louis

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 15, 2013 - 10:44 am

    The one in Pollock should have been at the Community Center--it is a "community" event--oh wait CEDAPP is involved--no wonder.

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  • FranJuly 15, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    I went to this thinking of changing my name to "community"...most of the time if someone tells you the "community" showed up--it is me. There were 40 people--many were speakers and state people (all very nice people) It was a nice presentation. I asked several times about the cost--no one answered. (Even the nice woman from the state felt--I should have been told something.) Harper was there...tow of are supervisors...a few from Camino...and Pleasant valley. I know that the host was disappointed that more didnt come. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? oh well. Electronics are not sustainable at this time. Paper books are on their way out...libraries are going to becomes "hubs" of learning technology...I say just hook up the schools to give them more time before distance learning becomes the "norm"--it already exists...but is not yet the "norm."

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    :) not many residents showed up...power people did...lololol...and when they looked around they had "me." They had sad faces on. About 40...mostly speakers on the net, and a speaker about the pony express...all were interesting and prepared. Oh and one "champion"...had good parties... shrugging shoulders lolololol State people came up to me...said I was an excellent speaker with good questions...remarked that i too would be a good champion. I said thank you --however I did not believe in what they were doing..and excused myself--I had to pick up my grandson. But good luck in Cool. Dont drink the wine.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    link posted already..."... Pollock Pines, Georgetown and Fair Play. “Businesses have understood the benefits – information and links to the global economy are going to be the drivers,” Ummmmm business wasnt there...I was there. Harper was there...two supervisors were there...speakers were

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

    "Driggers said most civic leaders seem behind the broadband drive as a means to bettering the local economy, naming among them county supervisors Helen Baumann, Ron Briggs and Norma Santiago." Helen was kind of a disappiontment up here in Pollock. im sure shes a nice woman...but she really did some "not so" responsible things here. Connections.

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