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Supporting Tuolumne County Broadband Expansion

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors is backing a state bill calling for extending funds for broadband expansion.

Assembly Bill 1758 would reform and enhance the broadband expansion services provided by the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF).  County officials note that Central Sierra Connect, a multi-County broadband consortium, coordinates the broadband work locally. At this week’s meeting, Deputy County Administrator Daniel Richardson to supervisors that the bill will provide continued critical funding, explaining, “They set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to advance broadband throughout the state of California. The CASF would expire in 2020 leaving much of the broadband work unfinished. So, this bill would allow the work to continue and expand.”

Richardson added that letters of support are needed for a March 28 legislative hearing. The board voted unanimously to send a letter to state lawmakers 4 to 0, with District 1 Supervisor Sherri Brennen absent.

Click here to view the letter.