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Board of Supervisors tackle broadband service in the county

Posted: Thursday, Oct 3rd, 2013

SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors addressed broadband service in the county and announced Bi-National Health Week at Tuesday’s meeting in Santa Cruz.

In a report delivered on the existing broadband landscape of the county, the supervisors heard that coverage overall was “fairly good” with some minor gaps in the rural areas of the Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Watsonville areas.

And while county residents are doing OK, the report showed that commercial grade broadband service needs to be ramped up, with businesses currently paying high monthly fees for a less-than-stellar service.

The report included an example of a local medical provider that is paying between $400 to $1,000 a month for capacities that are barely above DSL standards.

Some of the issues at play are that businesses and an increasing number of home-based businesses, which the county wants to support as part of their developing economic vitality strategy, require greater bandwidth capacity as they transmit greater amounts of data.

In some parts of the county there is also only one broadband provider, further impacting cost.

“It will be so important for our community and economic vitality to have a modern broadband network to support future businesses in our community,” said John Foster of the Santa Cruz County Business Council during public comments later in the session.

For the complete article see the 10-03-2013 issue.

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