Digital 299 project will bring broadband to rural areas
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Monday, Assemblymember Jim Wood announced that the California Public Utilities Commission recently approved the “Digital 299” broadband infrastructure project along California State Route 299, which will provide the high-capacity infrastructure needed to connect rural residents to the internet. The project, by Inyo Networks, Inc., will receive about $47 million in funding from the California Advanced Services Fund, a fund that supports providing broadband services to areas currently without broadband access. It also builds out facilities in underserved areas.
Assemblymember Jim Wood said the fund is important to building technology infrastructure in rural California, which is often overlooked by many companies.
“Rural California is not a priority for many companies that build technology infrastructure. We often hear them say that ‘the numbers just don’t pencil out’ because the population is so small,” said Wood. “That’s what makes the CASF grant program so essential to bridging the digital divide.”
The Digital 299 project is likely to be completed in three years. The project will directly connect 307 underserved households to internet services capable of 1 Gbps using underground and aerial fiber facilities.
As many as 102 schools, colleges, hospitals, public safety, tribal lands and other institutions along the Highway 299 corridor will also be able to take advantage of these connections.