CSC Quarterly Newsletter – April 2015


Funding extension for Central Sierra Connect!

The vision of Central Sierra Connect is to bridge the digital divide by bringing broadband to the people and the people to broadband.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

• CSC Grant Status Update
• Central Valley Next-Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project
• Update on New Funding Opportunity / AB 1262
• Cal.Net Application Update
• FCC Rural Tour
• Housing Grant AB 1299

CSC Grant Status Update
As previously reported our three year grant from the CASF (California Advanced Services Fund) expired on February 28. However, because we had funds remaining, we requested and were granted an extension by the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) the administrator of the CASF. After reviewing expenditures we’ve determined that we will be able to continue operating until October. Great news as much work remains.

Update on New Funding Opportunity
The Assembly Bill designed to provide additional funding for Central Sierra Connect and the state’s other consortia (AB 1262) has cleared the Assembly and now moves on to the California Senate. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and is tentatively scheduled to be heard on June 16th. We’re hopeful that the bill will pass and allow us to continue our work beyond October. We will keep you posted.

Central Valley Next-Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project (CVIN)
The Tuolumne County Office of Education on Stockton Road in Sonora is now connected to the CVIN fiber network and the Calaveras County Office of Education in Angels Camp is expecting delivery of the equipment to allow their connection by the end of May. These connections are an indication that area ISP’s may soon be providing added connectivity and improved bandwidth via the CVIN fiber network.

Housing Grant AB 1299
CSC is pursuing potential funding opportunities via AB 1299 a CASF housing grant to provide increased broadband adoption. CSC personnel participated in a conference call with the CPUC to determine parameters and requirements of the grant as well as eligibility. More research is being conducted.

FCC Rural Tour
CSC participated in the FCC Rural Tour stops in San Andreas and Mariposa. The tour was designed to obtain input from residents on communications issues in rural communities. The meeting in San Andreas included representatives from the CPUC including Commissioner Catherine Sandoval.

Cal.Net Application Update
Cal.net’s application for CASF funding for projects in Amador / Calaveras / Alpine Counties and Tuolumne / Mariposa Counties is moving through the CPUC. At this point, the CPUC is waiting until the latest round of data is uploaded to their broadband map in order to more accurately determine if the area proposed by Cal.net meets the requirement of being unserved / underserved.

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