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Presentation to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors- Slides

Mendocino County Digital Infrastructure Projects


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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.

Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.










 

From our Facebook page:

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

22 hours 54 minutes ago

AARP found that more older adults (44%) view tech more positively as a way stay connected than they did before COVID-19. In addition, 4 out of 5 adults age 50+ rely on technology to stay connected and in touch with family and friends.

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

1 day 14 hours ago

This link will also host the video of the House Agriculture Committee meeting titled "To consider the Budget Views and Estimates Letter of the Committee on A...

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

5 days 15 hours ago

On April 15, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved Frontier Communications corporate restructuring to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy, first initiated almost one year ago. Frontier is one of the two largest Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILEC) in California, offering phone, video, and/or broadband service in 44 counties. The

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

6 days 22 hours ago

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

1 week 20 hours ago

Do THIS for now: www.rcrwireless.com/20210413/test-and-measurement/fcc-asks-people-to-use-its-speed-test-app
(And there's a local version coming soon - stay tuned)

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

1 week 5 days ago

President Joe Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to unveil his American Jobs Plan: "Broadband internet is the new electricity," the fact sheet reads. "It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected."

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

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Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

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Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

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Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

2 weeks 5 days ago

"Yesterday, Powell [a lobbyist] claimed that America's broadband is just fine the way it is. Biden is "mistakenly lumping in our successful modern digital networks with our decaying roads, bridges, waterways, and electric grids," Powell wrote. "While we have seen repeated examples of traditional infrastructure failures in recent years, America's

Broadband Legislation Tracking:

California Legislation:

  • SB 4 (Gonzalez, D- Long Beach)  extends and updates the funding for CASF, promotes deployment of high-speed broadband, explores ways to facilitate streamlining of local land use approvals and construction permit processes for projects related to broadband infrastructure deployment and connectivity, and creates the Broadband Bond Financing Securitization Account to fund costs related to broadband bond financing and securities, including the deployment of infrastructure by local governments or nonprofits.
  • AB 14 (Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters) extends the ongoing surcharge for the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), specifies the allocation of the funding, allows the PUC to seek bond funding, and broadens the eligible uses of the California Advanced Services Fund to include local governments and tribes.
  • SB 28 (Caballero, D-Salinas) would require the Department of Technology, in collaboration with other state agencies, to compile an inventory of state-owned resources that may be available for use in the deployment of broadband networks in rural, unserved, and underserved communities and collaborate on standardized agreements to enable those state-owned resources to be leased or licensed for that purpose. It would also give the CPUC and local governments the authority to review compliance by certain licensees for actual deployment and quality of service.
  • AB 34 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance) would place a general obligation bond measure of up to $10 billion on the November 2022 ballot to fund increased access to broadband services to rural, urban, suburban, and tribal unserved and underserved communities, that would be administered by the Department of Technology.
  • AB 41 (Wood, D-Santa Rosa) would update California’s “dig once” policy for CalTrans to help expedite the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities and includes a provision for more transparency on the part of providers about planned deployment.

Federal Legislation

FCC Broadband Programs

  • $98 million to implement the Broadband DATA Act to improve broadband mapping accuracy and accountability.
  • $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund to establish an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, under which eligible households may receive a discount off the cost of broadband service (up to $50 monthly benefit per eligible household and up to $75 on tribal lands).
  • $250 million for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
  • $1.9 billion to “Rip and Replace” certain unsecure equipment as directed by recent FCC regulations.

U.S. Department OF Education was appropriated $82 billion for continuation of CARES Act programs, allocated as follows:

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

President Biden has signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R 1319, “Act”) into law.

The key broadband-related provisions in the bill include the following:

  • Emergency Connectivity Fund

o    The $1.9 trillion package includes $7.17 billion for an Emergency Connectivity Fund to enable remote learning and to extend broadband connectivity to students in their homes, for which the FCC is to issue rules within 60 days of the Act’s enactment.

  • Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund

o    Section 604 appropriates $10 billion to a Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund that will be through U.S. Treasury Department. It will likely be administered like the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund with $100 million to each state. Broadband capital projects can be funded.

  • NTIA Broadband Programs
    • $300 million to implement a broadband infrastructure deployment grant program benefiting rural areas, prioritizing applications delivering 100/20 Mbps or better broadband service in areas without access to 25/3 Mbps broadband service.
    • $285 million to create the Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives at the NTIA, focusing on access and adoption for minority communities.
    • $1 billion to expand access and adoption of broadband on tribal lands.

[NTIA has 45 days to stand up programs and issue Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs).