The pull quote from the Hall Other Voices:
This simply won’t get done without some financial help from the state and federal government, revived regulations that require larger companies to provide a better standard of service …
The full article is HERE.
My comment on Hall’s Other Voices:
Other communities are not waiting for state and federal government grants to build rural broadband networks. They consider broadband as critical infrastructure, just like city water, sewer, power, and transportation. They float bonds, build the fiber network, and then charge a connection fee just like they would a new water service connection, and then a monthly user fee.
One example can be found HERE.
Over 500 communities across the nation are served by community networks. Details here: https://muninetworks.org/communitymap
What prevents Nevada County from treating broadband as critical infrastructure? A middle-mile fiber network snakes its way through the County, passing numerous clusters of homes and business.
While $250,000 is a start, millions are required to close the last mile with fiber spurs and wireless distribution to homes and business. It is time for the County to treat broadband as critical infrastructure like hundreds of other communities have and more planning to take the plunge. Details here https://muninetworks.org/communitymap
Government award grants to well-defined projects with a high probability of success. Where are those Nevada County projects? The ROI driven corporations are not going to build out rural broadband networks. Nevada County needs to take action now and build the critical infrastructure to connect homes and business to the existing VAST fiber network.
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