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Broadband By The People, For The People

Source: City on a Hill Press

A 65-foot flatbed truck filled with computers offering free Internet access to migrant laborers is one project among many aimed at promoting universal broadband access along the Central Coast. The group behind it is the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC), which aims to bridge the "digital divide" in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.

Redwood Coast Connect

Project:
California Broadband Demand Aggregation Project

Made broadband available to all rural communities in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties through assessing and mapping the needs of users, engaging telecom providers, and simplifying policies.

Radio Bilingue

Project:
Broadband Awareness and Adoption

Radio Bilingue reaches into farmworker communities in the interior of the state, a region with one of the lowest per-capita rates for broadband penetration and access in California.  It is reaching 60,000 listeners, broadcasting 111 hours of live call-in programs, and assisting 2,000 callers.

Chico State University Foundation

Project:
The Northeastern California Connect

Working to expand broadband service throughout the rural unserved counties including Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Butte and Plumas Counties through the aggregation of users, engagement of the providers and potential users, simplification of the county and municipal policies and outreach to the unserved members of the community.

Video Diagnosis Enabling San Joaquin General to Expand

Source: Recordnet.com

FRENCH CAMP - Telemedicine, the use of a secure video link by a medical specialist in one location to examine the condition of a patient in another location, is taking hold at San Joaquin General Hospital.In a big way. With a limited number of physician specialists available 24 hours a day, the county's public hospital has been able to expand its services in such areas as neurology, dermatology and critically important eye examinations for diabetic patients.

Closing the Digital Divide

Source:  Redwood Times

The forum was sponsored by the Redwood Technology Consortium (RTC), Redwood Coast Rural Action, Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) and the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP). Rollin Richmond, the president of Humboldt State University, opened the proceedings and Connie Stewart, Executive Director of CCRP was the moderator.

Supervisors Support Effort to Expand Broadband

Source: Lake County News

Over the past year, several Internet service providers have asked the county for support letters to pursue stimulus funds to expand broadband service into the county's unserved, and underserved, areas, Logsdon explained, noting that such areas exist in every supervisorial district in the county.