Northern California Regional Middle-Mile Infrastructure (NCRMMI) Challenged by Major Carriers

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Plan for Rural Broadband Collapses


The NCRMMI CASF grant application has been challenged by seven major carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast. Each claims that the National and California Broadband Maps accurately show the service they provide to consumers on the ground.

In fact, these maps are based on data showing the carriers’ advertised service, but in portions of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, carriers’ advertised service often doesn’t correspond to the service carriers actually provide to consumers on the ground.

CASF broadband deployment grant funding is specifically intended to eliminate the digital divide in California, but funding decisions are based on the advertised data in the Broadband Maps. Since these maps overstate actual services provided, unserved and underserved areas are mistakenly disqualified for CASF funding.

Until this map problem is fixed, it will be impossible to eliminate the digital divide in Mendocino County.

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Comcast AT&T
Response to Comcast’s Challenge (pdf) Response to AT&T’s Challenge (pdf)
Comcast Round 6 Data (pdf) Exhibits 1-6 (pdf)
Mendocino Village, Little Lake Road Area Service Map (jpg)
Pacific Reefs, Navarro Ridge Road Area Service Map (jpg)
Albion Served, Underserved,
and their CGB Challenge Area Map
 (pdf)
Mendocino County Served, Underserved,
and their CGB Challenge Area Map
 (pdf)

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NCRMMI Grant Application Endorsed by Elected Officials

Elected officials from throughout the region, and at all levels of government, have endorsed NCRMMI.