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: Butte, Yuba, Sutter, 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. GCBC’s most recent funding cycle focuses on activities directly related to and in support of CASF infrastructure applications which are intended to expedite the deployment of broadband services within our consortia region.

 

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Other Funding Opportunity: 

The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) and Sierra Busienss Council 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 the RDOF federal funding is a two-step process. ISPs must first submit a Short-Form application by July 15th, 2020 at 3pm PT to establish financial and technical eligibility in order to bid in the second Long-Form Application process in October 2020.

 To learn more and apply, follow this link to read the California Public Utilities Commission's RDOF guide. 

 

Other Rural and Urban Broadband Consortia under the CASF Grant: 

Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast

Central Coast Broadband Consortium

Central Sierra Connect Consortium 

Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium  

Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium 

North Bay/North Coast Consortium  

Northeastern California Connect Consortium  

Redwood Coast Connect Broadband Consortium     

Southern Border Broadband Consortium

Upstate California Connect Consortium  

 

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.