As the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, we will be attending this workshop on behalf of Oroville Area businesses. If you are unable to attend, but still want your voice heard, let us know the challenges facing your business in regards to broadband and we will communicate them with the CPUC at this workshop as possible.

From the Oroville MR

The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a workshop in Oroville to take comment on an initiative to expand broadband internet access in California.

The commission is charged with implementing the Internet for All Now Act (AB1665), which has a goal of providing high-speed internet in no less than 98 percent of California households.

Four meetings have been scheduled throughout the state. A CPUC spokeswoman said they were placed in areas that are “underserved” with broadband, though one of the meetings is in Los Angeles.

The Oroville workshop will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 at the City Council Chambers, 1735 Montgomery St. There will also be meetings in Madera and El Centro.

The commission will be seeking feedback on changes to its broadband grant program, including new private-public partnerships, incentivizing the use of existing infrastructure, and establishing strategies for investing in low-income households and communities.

While a quorum of commissioners may attend, no official action will be taken.

Those unable to attend, can submit written comments to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94102, or via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.

Refer to proceeding number R.12-10-012 on any written or email correspondence.

All public comments received are provided to the CPUC’s commissioners and the administrative law judge assigned to the case.

For more information on the CPUC, go to www.cpuc.ca.gov.

From the State of California Public Utilities Commission

California Advanced Services Fund Public Forum/Workshop Oroville

AB 1665 directs the Commission to conduct workshops (public forums) to consult regional consortia, stakeholders, and consumers regarding priority areas and cost-effective strategies to achieve the broadband access goal. These workshops will inform the public an solicit input on:

California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) program changes

Regional needs

Regional priority areas (for broadband deployment), and

Opportunities for collaboration with local officials, potential providers, and stakeholders to drive overall broadband goals.

Agenda:

10:00 Welcome and Self-Introductions

10:15 Regional Overview

10:35 Future Opportunities for Collaboration: Stakeholder Plans for Helping Achieve New Infrastructure Goals

12:30 Lunch

1:00 Future Opportunities for Collaboration: Stakeholder Plans for Helping Achieve Adoption Goals

2:15 CASF: A program to promote the deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to Californians

Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account

Line Extension

Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Grant Account

Broadband Public Housing Account

Broadband Adoption Account

2:45 Discussion and Public Comment on CASF rules, needs, etc.

3:45 Summarizing Collaboration Opportunities and Next Steps

4:00 Adjourn