$2.7M for broadband coming to rural communities in California

1 Sep 2022

CALIFORNIA, USA — 27 rural communities in California are getting a boost to their broadband infrastructure, courtesy of a 2.7 million grant.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the American Rescue Plan grant funding through the Economic Adjustment Assistance program for the development of broadband strategic plans.

Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) will serve as the grant administrator for these planning funds. The funds will help rural counties establish foundational readiness for broadband infrastructure deployment within their communities. 

Experts have said high-speed internet availability in rural California is often a critical missing component of infrastructure. This means residents and businesses in unserved and underserved communities can’t participate in the 21st Century economy.

“On behalf of GSFA, I would like to thank the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for this significant investment,” Bob Williams, GSFA Board Chair and Tehama County Supervisor, said.

“With this grant award all rural counties in California will now have established, proactive plans for broadband implementation for their underserved residents, representing an important milestone in the drive to achieve digital equity throughout the state,” Williams said.

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