Broadband internet spotlight of town hall

Thursday, November 29, 2018

RED BLUFF — Broadband internet was the topic of discussion during Supervisor Candy Carlson’s monthly town hall meeting.

Carlson brought in Broadband Specialist David Espinoza of the Geographical Information Center to be the guest speaker of the evening.

Espinoza gave a slideshow presentation while explaining how Tehama County could potentially get better internet coverage to rural areas.

During his presentation, Espinoza showed coverage maps of the county and the rate of internet speed in more rural parts, which in many cases were non-existent.

Most zones are running at an internet speed of 6/1 megabits per second. To put that into perspective, the FCC standard for internet speed is 25/3 mbps.

In some areas there is no internet option at all. Espinoza said about 50 percent of Rancho Tehama, which is 440 households, are without internet.

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