About the Alliance

About the Alliance

It has become impossible to lead one’s life, or conduct one’s business without adequate broadband access.  From the United Nations to France to Finland, broadband is now recognized as a basic human right.

Unfortunately, rural communities across the nation face economic disenfranchisement and failed economies due to inadequate broadband access.

To address this challenge, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County joined forces with the Economic Development and Financing Corporation of Mendocino County, the Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance, and Mendocino County government to form the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County.

Who We Are

The Alliance has been endorsed by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, and supervisors Dan Hamburg and Tom Woodhouse are active participants of the Alliance. The Mendocino County Executive Office, Planning & Building Services, Office of Emergency Services, Office of Education, and Library District are also active participants.

Organizational Participants

Community Foundation of Mendocino County
Economic Development & Financing Corporation
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors
Mendocino County Executive Office
Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services
Mendocino County Planning & Building Services
Mendocino County Office of Education
Mendocino County Library District
Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance
Visit Mendocino
Access Sonoma Broadband

Individual Members

Supervisor Dan Hamburg Mendocino County Supervisor 5th District; Alliance Executive Committee
Rick Ehlert Mendocino County Coordinator for Office of Emergency Services (OES)
Steve Dunnicliff Mendocino County Director of Planning & Building Services; Alliance Executive Committee
John Kuhry Alliance Executive Committee
 Katie Gibbs Community Foundation of Mendocino County; Alliance Executive Committee
John Goldsmith Alliance Executive Committee
Trish Steel Alliance Executive Committee Chair
Mike Nicholls Access Sonoma Broadband co-Chair
Brooke Clark “Narrow-band user”
Kevin Doble Ukiah City Councilman
Bob Perkowski Perkowski Screenprint and Embroidery

Advisory Panel


Warren Galletti Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools
Jim Moorehead Retired Broadband Alliance Chair
Regina Costa Telecommunications Director of The Utility Reform Network
Sage Statham Business Manager, Mendocino Community Network
Shirley Freriks Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance
Jim Persky Pacific Internet
Howard Egan North Bay Association of Realtors
Heather Gurewitz District Representative for Congressman Jared Huffman
Ruth Valenzuela Field Representative for Assemblyman Jim Wood
Kerri Lindecker District Representative for Senator Mike McGuire
Cody Snider County of Mendocino Information Services Division Manager
Rick Ehlert County of Mendocino Office of Emergency Services
David Pai Computer Science Professor, Mendocino College

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