Special Sessions

November 1st, 2016: AT&T Presentation to the Mendocino Board of Supervisors with an update on their North Coast Network Resiliency Plan and buildout plans for CAFII funding areas

AT&T will be making a presentation to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors at their November 1st, 2016 regular board meeting.  The presentation is a timed item for 10 am.  In this presentation, AT&T representatives will sharing information on their buildout plans for the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAFII) and an update on the completion of their North Coast Resiliency Plan.

Location and Time:

10 a.m.
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chambers
501 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

 

AT&T Press Release to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on the completion of their North Coast Network Resilience Plan – Sept 19,2016

AT&T announces that their completed upgrades will provide diversity to over 91% of the fiber on the North Coast and make the network “self-healing.” These upgrades  greatly reduce the potential for widespread impacts from any one fiber break.

Video of AT&T Presentation to the Board of Supervisors (presentation begins at 1:27)

July 15th California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Participation Hearing

All the information formerly posted here has been moved to it’s own sub-menu “CPUC Proceeding” under the main menu “In the News”.  

 

June 20th – Fort Bragg Meeting to Discuss Broadband Needs for the Business Community

Join us for a lively discussion and to provide your input on the broadband needs for Fort Bragg’s businesses and Anchor Institutions.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

June 20th (Monday)
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Fort Bragg Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(map and directions)

Agenda for Fort Bragg 6-20-16 meeting
Pdf.Flyer for Fort Bragg meeting

This will be an opportunity to share your ideas, and discuss such questions as:

  • How important is broadband for your business currently, using a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 being highest?  Do you see broadband being important in 5 years?  10 years?  20 years?
  • Are your broadband needs being met?  If not, why?
  • What is your definition of “good broadband infrastructure?”  Does Fort Bragg currently have it? 
  • Is the current broadband infrastructure “good enough” to attract new businesses? Is it “first-class” or “second-class” or worse?  Are we satisfied with what is offered?
  • How does the current lack of diverse routing affect your business?
  • Is there a demand for super-fast broadband (fiber) in the urban core?
  • What are the barriers to getting it?
  • If there is a need/demand, how can we aggregate that demand and turn it into opportunity?  How can we collaborate and unite the business community?

Participants will be provided and asked to complete a short on-site survey related to these questions.  You are also welcome to print out this survey  and share with any business unable to attend this meeting, and mail it back to us by August 30th.  Please send the completed survey to:  Broadband Alliance, PO Box 286, Laytonville, CA 95454
Business Survey

June 22nd – Ukiah meeting to discuss broadband needs for the business community

Join us for a lively discussion and to provide your input on the broadband needs for Ukiah’s businesses.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

June 22nd (Wednesday)
3-4:30 pm
Economic Development & Financing Corporation
205 N. Bush Street, Room 252
Ukiah, CA 95482
(map and directions)

Agenda for Ukiah Meeting 6-22-16
Flyer – Ukiah Business Meeting on June 22

This will be an opportunity to share your ideas, and discuss such questions as:

  • How important is broadband for your business currently, using a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 being highest?  Do you see broadband being important in 5 years?  10 years?  20 years?
  • Are your broadband needs being met?  If not, why?
  • What is your definition of “good broadband infrastructure?”  Does Ukiah currently have it? 
  • Is the current broadband infrastructure “good enough” to attract new businesses? Is it “first-class” or “second-class” or worse?  Are we satisfied with what is offered?
  • Is there a demand for super-fast broadband (fiber) in the urban core?
  • What are the barriers to getting it?
  • If there is a need/demand, how can we aggregate that demand and turn it into opportunity?  How can we collaborate and unite the business community?
  • Could the urban core of Ukiah be a place for super-fast broadband?

Participants will be provided and asked to complete a short on-site survey related to these questions.  You are also welcome to print out this survey  and share with any business unable to attend this meeting, and mail it back to us by August 30th.  Please send the completed survey to:  Broadband Alliance, PO Box 286, Laytonville, CA 95454
Broadband Business Survey

May 20th- Special Presentation by Computers for Classrooms (and students, families, seniors, organizations, and more)

The Broadband Alliance is proud to host a special presentation by Computers for Classrooms, a non-profit based in Chico, CA.  But don’t be fooled by the name – they offer high-quality and low cost computers to a variety of individuals and organizations (see the qualifications pdf).  Don’t let the (normally) high cost of a computer keep you or your child from falling on the wrong side of the Digital Divide, because this organization can help provide you with affordable options.  Join us on May 20th to learn more.

Computers for Classrooms will also be accepting donations of computers and electronic equipment on this same day.  Avoid your outdated equipment ending up in our local landfill, or having to pay shipping costs to a recycling facility.

May 20th – Computers for Classroom Presentation
10 am-11 am

By Ozzie Serrano (Chief Executive Officer) and Pat Furr (founder)

Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 South Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(Map and directions)

Donations of electronic equipment and computers from 11-12
Donations cannot be guaranteed to be accepted (due to potential vehicle space limitations) unless you contact us in advance at admincoordinator@mendocinobroadband.org

Flyer for May 20th presentation
Qualifications
Qualifications (Spanish)
Computers available
Computers available (Spanish)
Electronic equipment acceptable for donation
Software installed on shipped computers

 

 

January 22, 2014 California Broadband Council Meeting

Dear Supporters of closing the Persistent Digital Divide for all of rural northern California,

The status quo is not going to bring high-speed Internet broadband to the rural areas of our state, currently being damaged economically every single day by sub-standard broadband. To change the status quo, we need to make our voices heard. We are inviting you to join us at the upcoming meeting of the California Broadband Council (CBC):

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Legislative Office Building (LOB)
1020 N Street, Rm. 100
Sacramento, CA
(map this location)

The CBC was established by legislation in 2010 (Senate Bill 1462-Padilla) to marshal the state’s resources to further the objectives of increasing broadband network deployment, and eliminate the Digital Divide by expanding broadband accessibility, literacy, adoption, and usage. We need to let them know that the Digital Divide grows wider and deeper in our rural communities, and hold them accountable to this important responsibility on behalf of all our residents.

The nine-member CBC is composed of leaders in their fields: Michael Peevey, President of the CPUC and Chair of the CBC; Senator Alex Padilla, vice-Chair and who helped establish the CBC; Assembly member Steven Bradford, Carlos Ramos, Director of the CA Dept of Technology; Mark Ghilarducci, Secretary of the CA Emergency Management Agency; Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Schools; Fred Klass, Director of General Services; Brian Kelly, Secretary of the California Transportation Agency; and Sunne McPeak, President of the California Emerging Technology Fund. More information about the council can be found at broadbandcouncil.ca.gov/home.aspx.

We would like as many people as possible to attend this meeting, so please mark your calendar and see if there is any possible way for you to attend. Their meetings include a 20-minute public comment period, and even if there is not time for everyone to speak due to our large turnout, your presence at the meeting will send an important message.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend, and if you would like to carpool. We plan to meet as a group before the meeting to share media materials, so please stay in touch and share this information with as many people as possible.

Thanks,

Jim Moorehead, Executive Committee Chair
Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

Mike Nicholls, Co-Chair
Access Sonoma Broadband

January 7, 2014 Point Arena Planning Commission

The Broadband Alliance will attend the Point Arena Planning Commission’s public hearing on a fiber to the school deployment project to commend AT&T for this forward-looking step. The Alliance will also discuss the persistent digital divide in the Point Arena area that will remain after completion of this project.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Point Arena City Hall
(map and directions)

 

 

 

December 10, 2012 Presentation to Mendocino County Board of Supervisors

The Broadband Alliance will present an Alliance Update to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors at the next Board meeting on:

Monday, December 10, 2012
11:00 a.m.
Board Chambers
County Administration Center
501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA
(map and directions)

All are welcome to attend!

February 29, 2012 California Telehealth Network (CTN) Meeting

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County will host an invitation only meeting between the California Telehealth Network, and health care providers in Mendocino, Sonoma, and Lake Counties.  This meeting is intended to jump start CTN membership applications – application deadline is 03/31/12.

When: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 9:30 AM

Where: Mendocino County Government Center
Conference Room C
501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA

For more information, please send email to info@mendocinobroadband.org.

Attached Files

a.  Agenda, maps & restaurants
b.  Invitation letter from Mendocino County 5th District Supervisor Dan Hamburg
c.  CTN brochure
d.  CTN membership agreement
e.  CTN assignment letter
f.  Alliance progress report

January 6, 2012 Tri-County Broadband Meeting

On Friday, January 6, 2012, the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County will host the counties of Sonoma and Lake in an invitation-only meeting to discuss broadband issues of mutual interest. All three counties are intimately entwined economically, and all three need significant improvement in broadband infrastructure.

Regardless of funding sources, our three counties will always remain neighbors, and will always need to work together to ensure universal broadband deployment. Collaboration will lead to better, more easily funded, projects while reducing overall planning costs.

This invitation-only meeting will be the first step in forming an ad hoc, but ongoing, relationship between the counties to facilitate broadband deployment projects that span county boundaries. We hope to establish informal inter-county working groups that can inform the formal broadband development planning in each county, and that can facilitate contractor/carrier operations when working on multi-county broadband deployment projects.

Attached Files 
a. Agenda, attendees, and map
b. Background, Purpose of Meeting, and Basic Strategies – Greg Jirak
c. The Mapping Problem – Jim Moorehead
d. Broadband Access Survey – Brian Churm