Why is this important?

Glad you asked. High infrastructure costs have discouraged Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from expanding into many rural areas, leaving pockets of unserved or underserved residents. This came into sharp focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuolumne County, like other areas in the country, suddenly had areas where parents, kids and seniors needed high-speed internet but couldn't get it. 

The state and federal governments identified these problems and began funding broadband infrastructure in rural areas. Funding was included in COVID-19 relief legislation and, more recently, in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This funding is primarily allocated to local governments based on the number of residents who need service -- but that need is consistently under-reported by ISPs. As a result, we lose out on the opportunity to provide more residents with service.

The County needs your input to access these funds and provide adequate service where it does not exist. You can help by testing your internet speeds with the FCC Speed Test app so the County can correct the data used to determine funding.

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1. Why is this important?
2. How can I help?
3. What qualifies as high-speed internet?
4. What does Mbps mean?
5. Does connection speed matter?
6. What are the expected speeds of a fiber network?
7. Am I guaranteed to get internet service that is that fast?
8. Who is going to get faster service?
9. Doesn’t this create a gap in services?
10. Are there other forms of broadband service?
11. Are any projects underway?
12. I represent an ISP, who should I contact?
13. Who’s working on this?