Broadband Access in Amador and other Sierra Foothills Counties

Many people in Amador County (and surrounding areas) do not have access to reliable broadband Internet services. There is significant demand for these services, but the current infrastructure does not serve that demand.

(Please note that satellite-based internet systems such as Starband, DirectPC/HugesNet, and WildBlue are not true broadband due to significant performance and compatibility limitations.)

Central Sierra Connect (http://centralsierraconnect.org) is engaged in an effort to bring expanded broadband internet access to our area. If you are interested in this effort, you should check out their web site–there are several interesting reports on their site, including an in-depth discussion of broadband demand (and the extent to which the demand is not being served) in our area.

They are asking area residents take an online survey to help assess current broadband demand and availability:

ATCAA Central Sierra Connect needs your help with mapping broadband in our region! Please follow this link to our "crowdsourcing" module. On this site, you can put in your address, take a speed test to see how fast your service is, and after pinning your home on the map, click on a drop down menu that will let you tell us who your provider is, how much your service costs, and any comments you have about your service. Your personal information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL, and after 2-12-10, you'll be able to see an updated "map" of regional broadband and check out the results for our area!

Again, here is the link to the module.

Please pass this link on to all of your contacts and friends so we can make this the most complete and accurate map in California!