Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2012’

Rancho Navarro

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County wishes to inform you of a broadband deployment grant opportunity in Mendocino County. The Alliance has identified a potential CASF grant opportunity in the Rancho Navarro subdivision, just north of Route 128 through the Anderson Valley, and lying between Flynn Creek Road and the Masonite Haul Road.

October 26, 2012 Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee for the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County will meet:

Friday, October 26, 2012
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak St., Ukiah, CA 95482
(map and directions)

Dial In # (605) 477-2100, Participant Access Code: 565491#

October 19, 2012 Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee for the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County will meet:

Friday, October 19, 2012
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak St., Ukiah, CA 95482
(map and directions)

Dial In # (605) 477-2100, Participant Access Code: 565491#

What Is Broadband?

The definition of broadband has changed. It has become more than just high speed Internet access. The term broadband now refers to the means of quickly transporting electronic information of all kinds quickly from one point to another. The broadband network is like a highway system and, in fact, follows our CALTRANS highway system. The big fat feeder pipes usually run down the main highway arteries and carry a lot of information capability. Then the smaller highways and roads are referred to as “middle mile” for the network distribution. The “last mile” gets the data from the road to a residence and back again. The critical measure is the data transfer connection speed for the data through the network. Dial-up is insufficient because it cannot move the data fast enough for the technology available so dial-up users have a hard time doing computer updates or receiving a picture or accessing most websites.

Just so you can get the picture, the estimated time to move 1 Gigabyte of information by dial-up is 3.5 days. True broadband is more than the National Broadband Plan minimums of 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. Cable and fiber connections qualify. New ADSL and some cellular connections make the grade. More detail is noted below. Unfortunately most of Mendocino County has less than true broadband, which is why the Broadband Alliance has formed to change that in the next few years.

Broadband is now an essential public infrastructure and cornerstone of community life. It is how you access the Internet and the Web — and more. For example, mobile telephone service is delivered over a broadband network using VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Video conferencing over the broadband network through services like Skype saves business people time and money with video conferencing and allows friends and family to see each other while chatting. Utilities use broadband to monitor your electricity and gas. Fire, Police and Emergency Medical services use it to connect in the field. Hospitals, care centers, and pharmacies depend on broadband for patient services. Home health monitoring, security and other services use broadband.

Broadband will soon replace traditional dial tone as you know it. Large urban areas already have Comcast’s “Triple Play” or AT&T’s “U-verse” which bundles Internet, telephone and TV, and some areas in the County may also have this available. If you currently have cable for TV or use Direct TV, it may be possible to get high speed Internet with the same company.

Look at the “Fed Up with Dial-up? – what to do” page for suggestions on what to do until the real thing comes to you.

Also look at the page called “Internet set up from cell phone server” for a way to use a cellular phone signal to get higher speed Internet than dial-up.

Why Is Broadband Essential?

  • Emergency services & rural medicine cannot survive without broadband.
  • Education needs broadband to prepare our students.
  • Broadband access is crucial for economic development.
  • Current copper phone lines are being phased out.
  • Everything — including telephone — is moving to broadband.
  • Broadband is essential to economic survival of the County.
  • Small home businesses can flourish.

What Can You Do Right Now?

1. Get Involved! Offer your expertise for the steering committee and sub-committees – be a regional representative for your community. Contact us to find out more.

2. Become a Leadership Member and Supporter.  Contact us to find out more.

3. Consider a Tax-deductable Donation. BAMC is a volunteer effort; personal, business, and organization donations welcome. Donations are made through the Community Foundation of Mendocino County.