More Funding to Bridge the Digital Divide Ahead on the Central Coast

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced that it is awarding $14 million in broadband technical assistance grants to 28 local governments, including several on the Central Coast. Seven cities and 21 different counties have received local agency technical assistance grants from the CPUC to improve high-speed Internet access. Monterey and San Benito counties and the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad are among the jurisdictions that will receive these grants. This is part of a larger effort by the Golden State Connect Authority to build and operate open-access fiber-to-the-home networks in rural California counties. The Golden State Connect Authority is a joint authority created by rural county representatives from California’s 38 counties with the goal of increasing reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access for residents and businesses in these counties. deployment in many rural areas has historically left these communities underserved by traditional providers,” said Commissioner Darcie L. Houck. The grants, which total approximately $500,000, will be used to reimburse local governments for the costs of network design services for unserved areas. In the second phase, applicants will design projects that will provide household and business services that, when completed, will reliably reach or exceed 100 Mbps speed, both download and upload. These projects are expected to be completed within 24 months. These grants are part of California’s $6 billion Broadband for All investment.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced that it is awarding $14 million in broadband technical assistance grants to 28 local governments, including several on the Central Coast.

Seven cities and 21 different counties have received local agency technical assistance grants from the CPUC to improve high-speed Internet access.

Monterey and San Benito counties and the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad are among the jurisdictions that will receive these grants.

It’s part of a larger effort by the Golden State Connect Authority to build and operate open-access fiber-to-the-home networks in rural California counties.

The Golden State Connect Authority is a joint authority created by rural county representatives from California’s 38 counties with the goal of increasing reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access for residents and businesses in these counties.

“The relatively high cost of deployment in many rural areas has historically left these communities underserved by traditional providers,” said Commissioner Darcie L. Houck.

The grants, which total approximately $500,000, will be used to reimburse local governments for the costs of network design services for unserved areas.

In the second phase, applicants will design projects that will provide household and business services that, when completed, will reliably reach or exceed 100 Mbps speed, both download and upload. These projects are expected to be completed within 24 months.

These grants are part of California’s $6 billion Broadband for All investment.

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