MCBA Activities

I. MCBA Activities since March 2007

  • Mapped residences from Navarro Ridge to Caspar to get residential densities
  • Conducted an interest and needs Survey to obtain more detailed local information (see Executive Summary Handout)
  • Reached out to the local business community to inform, inspire, and listen in person and with the Why NET Connect? newspaper articles plus participation with the Fort Bragg Economic Development Action Committee
  • Strategized a public awareness outreach campaign which included three coastal community meetings (Gualala and Pt. Arena got involved as a result), collaboration with KZYX on programming and news features, booths at local events, and an hour-long program on KZYX on the future of broadband
  • Experimented with possible connection solutions to fill the need locally
  • Drafted an initial feasibility study for a business plan
  • Became a legal 501(c)(4) entity to get grants/funding
  • Collaborated with Redwood Coast Connect on regional analysis/surveys and were greatly helped in our work to figure out what to do and how to do it
  • Partnered with Mitch Sprague of MCN on solutions and local needs
  • Partnered with County CEO, County Superintendent of Schools, County Supervisors and Deputy CEO of Technology to move Broadband connection project further
  • Introduced more comprehensive language for revised County General Plan to make broadband a utility with basic infrastructure for all residences and businesses. (Changes as of 2009 were minimal)
  • Forged relationships with Federal and State legislators and feel supported by Field Representatives from the offices of Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, Representative Thompson, Senator Wiggins, and Assemblyman Chesbro
  • Met with CPUC Commissioner Chong’s Chief of Staff relative to the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) and attended CPUC meetings on the Stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • Attended broadband conferences in Fortuna (CA), Newport, (OR), Los Angeles, and Washington DC

II. MCBA Current activities

  • Building relationships with a number of associations, advocacy groups, and foundations to share information and create a stronger rural voice
  • Researching providers to deploy broadband connections – AT&T and Comcast have not indicated an interest to extend service. There is only one NTIA application for stimulus grant money to install the backhaul, or middle mile, infrastructure County-wide with notification due in February.
  • Continuing to work with the County of Mendocino – two MCBA officers serve on the County Ad Hoc Committee organized under the auspices of the Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC).
  • Continuing to work with local organizations to plant seeds, like MCTV, Chamber of Commerce, and Small Business Development Center.
  • Continuing to write newspaper articles to update status of broadband access.
  • Initiating possibility of a Virtual Library Station in Albion to bring library services and broadband to the unserved.

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