Gold Country Broadband Consortium

Mission: 

The mission of the Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) is to increase digital access and use of broadband in designated counties in the Sierra Nevada: Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra, and eastern Alpine counties. GCBC is one of 11 regional consortiums in California funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program. GCBC was formed to leverage regional, state, and natural resources to launch public-private partnerships that will together improve and expand broadband access.   

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Funding Opportunity: 

SBC encourages all eligible carriers/ internet service providers (ISPs) to apply for federal funding to help close the digital divide in California.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to award up to $20.4 billion to support broadband services for eligible areas across the nation. The application for ISPs to apply for these funds and bring rural broadband to California’s most remote regions (including the Sierra) closes July 15 at 3pm PT. To learn more and apply, follow this link to read the California Public Utilities Commission's RDOF guide. 

 

Speed Test Instructions: 

Your speed test helps GCBC document the gaps in the California Broadband Coverage MapWhile the California Broadband Map may indicate your home or business is served, a speed test will determine if your connection does not meet the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) broadband definition of 6 Mbps Down and 1 Mbps Up. 

First: Click here to take the CalSPEED test. It is important you use this test because it will automatically report the information to the CPUC. 

Next: Record your results in the form below. 

If you're having difficulty taking the test or you don't have the ability to get internet service at your home you can notify the CPUC directly by filling out the form available here and mailing it to the CPUC. Directions are available on the form. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kari Sinoff at (530) 562-4992 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your participation!

 

 

By filling out the above survey form you are consenting that your address may be shown as a point location on the California Broadband Map along with any details your submit regarding broadband service at that address. This information will be used for determining the availability of broadband in California and will be publicly accessible. Your name and email will not be disclosed on the map. If you have any concerns, questions, or comments, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (415) 703- 5469. The California State privacy policy can be found at http://www.ca.gov/privacy.html.