State funds optic fiber for Siskiyou connection to Humboldt
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State funds optic fiber for Siskiyou connection to Humboldt

Posted August 10th, 2018 by seanm

August 10, 2018

California Public Utilities Commission released a decision adopted August 9, 2018 approving $3.6 million in state funding for Siskiyou Telephone Co. to build a new fiber optic link connecting Happy Camp to Somes Bar. The new link will support a connection for Internet services from Siskiyou County to Humboldt County via another project under development by the Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe that is bringing fiber connected service from Orleans/Panamnik across to Orick and down the coast.

Resolution T-17623: : Authorizing the release of California Advanced Services Fund grant monies to Siskiyou Telephone Company (U-1017-C) to construct the Happy Camp to Somes Bar Fiber Connectivity Project; and approving the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act for the Happy Camp to Somes Bar Fiber Connectivity Project.

The adopted Resolution is attached below and available online here http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M221/K550/221550636...

According to a release from the California Public Utilities Commission today:

"This Resolution authorizes the release of California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) grant funding to Siskiyou Telephone Company (Siskiyou Telephone) to construct the Happy Camp to Somes Bar Fiber Connectivity Project (Somes Bar Project). This Resolution also approves the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for Siskiyou Telephone’s Somes Bar Project. This Resolution also finds that, with the incorporation of the mitigation measures listed in the Mitigation Monitoring Plan, the project will have no significant effects on the environment."

Access Humboldt's executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin said, "we support this critical fiber optic connection for underserved communities in Humboldt County and adjacent tribal lands. The benefit for the Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe's efforts to develop local infrastructure and broadband media services is very important for that area and for the wider region as well."

For more information, contact Sean Taketa McLaughlin e: sean@accesshumboldt.net

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Access Humboldt is a non-profit, community media & broadband access organization serving the residents and local jurisdictions of Humboldt County on the North Coast of California USA, managing resources that include: cable access TV channels; KZZH FM 96.7 community radio; a wide area broadband network with dedicated optic fiber connections to twenty locations serving local jurisdictions and community anchor institutions; broadband access wireless networks; a Community Media Center with studio and other production equipment and training on the Eureka High School campus; and ongoing operational support for public, educational and governmental access media services.

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