The grant has supported broadband adoption initiatives planned for underserved communities in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, modeled on the California Emerging Technology Fund’s successful Get Connected program.
The project launched in 2012 with an inventory of conduit and fiber routes in the region. The objective was to identify opportunities to connect and expand the use of existing networks, and present telecoms carriers with ready made solutions to existing connectivity challenges.
The policy work entails reviewing ordinances and existing broadband-related policies throughout the three-county area. The initial information was collected in 2012, benchmarks are being established and model polices are being drafted.
In the second and third years, the inventory and model policy drafts will be packaged and presented to local agencies and collected into an accessible and sustainable database. Economic development and technical experts drawn from the region will periodically review the project’s progress and provide guidance for the ongoing work.
Since the project has been approved to continue into a fourth year we are continuing the work from last year and focusing our attention at supporting upcoming CASF applications.