The last two public meetings by Redwood Coast Connect willbe held this week. The goal of these meetings is to gather information on broadband usage and accessibility to try and aggregate demand to expand services throughout the region.

Tuesday, January 8, the meeting will take place in Redway at the Healy Senior Center. Thursday, January 10, the meeting will be at the Wharfinger Building Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, next to the Adorni Center in Eureka. Both meetings run from 5:30-7:30 PM. If you are interested in the future of our telecommunications infrastructure in the region you should consider attending. Here are the goals of RCC:

Redwood Coast Connect is a pilot project working to make broadband available to rural communities in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties through:

  • Assessing and mapping the needs of users
  • Engaging telecom providers
  • Simplifying policies
  • Tapping the ingenuity of entrepreneurs in the region

The preliminary results of this project is expected to be unveiled in June. I will be very interested to see how the information gathered will be used to actually affect how broadband is defined and deployed in the area.