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28 July 2008


Russell Steele


There is project already underway by the the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) to assess the aggregated broadband demand for Alpine, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, and Sierra counties. A survey is currently being completed to assess demand for high-speed Internet expansion in areas not currently covered by more than one provider.

This project is funded by the California Emerging Technology Fund, which was established and funded by the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI merger agreements approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in November 2005. The fund focuses on "achieving ubiquitous access to broadband and advanced services in California, particularly in under-served communities through the use of existing and emerging technologies."

The CETF had $60 million dollars to invest, and this survey is the first step in the defining the demand and work with providers on how they will meet this demand. SEDCorp will soon have the survey results up on a web page. One of the models for this effort was the work done in Kentucky.

George Rebane

Thanks for the expansion and update Russ; I kinda knew that but thought that this WSJ piece today needed connection to our own broadband progress. After all, Kentucky got stuff going four years ago in hillbilly country and are now seeing the fruits. We here in high-tech California, in the armpit of Silicon Valley, are still herding our ducks hoping to get them into some kind of a row. So consider this a burr-under-the-blanket piece.

Douglas Keachie

I wonder if the topography and geography of the two areas are similar. I would also wonder if economies of scale might be a factor here. I'm all in favor of faster Internet, and am currently using an aircard from Verizon, which is good to very good, most of the time, but occasionally crawls to useless, in an unpredictable manner, but Saturday seems to be major upgrade time.

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