Update: As of this afternoon, Russ Steele has updated the blog with this statement, without elaborating: “The FCC speed test problems have been solved.”
The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) received a one-year, $150,000 grant to help northern California counties to “move closer to the goal of expanding high-speed Internet access to rural areas,” and Russ Steele wound up as one of the grant project’s “consultants,” posting information and announcements on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium blog.
Here’s the latest announcement he posted on July 5 without further explanation: “The FCC is currently having problems with the speed test the GCBC has been requesting participants to conduct. All tests are suspended until the issue is resolved. —Russ Steele, SEDCorp Consultant”
Wow. It will be interesting to track this $150K project, and see if the participants can deliver. The question “Will the Gold Country Broad Consortium deliver?” already has been raised.
The public-private partnership is aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. The new partnership, the Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) is one of 14 regional consortia in the State funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program.
The Consortium was formed to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access.
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