As technology evolves and our demand for internet bandwidth increases, existing broadband infrastructure has become out dated in many low density communities and is not able to support their current demand for bandwidth. Fortunately, there are state and federal grant programs that fund broadband infrastructure deployment in unserved communities that do not have access to high speed internet, defined in California as services capable of providing a minimum speed threshold of 6 megabits per second download and 1 megabit per second upload. To see if you may qualify for funding opportunities, please run a speed test at: https://www.speedtest.net/.
You may also visit the California Interactive Broadband Map to view the current status of connectivity throughout California that identifies areas that may be eligible for grant funding. https://www.broadbandmap.ca.gov/
It is imperative that students have access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet services and technology in order to complete school assignments remotely at home and at school. The Sonoma County Office of Education works diligently to ensure all schools districts have access to high speed internet. These efforts involve partnerships with internet service providers and with Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). For more information on current connectivity throughout Sonoma County’s school districts, please visit: https://datalink.k12hsn.org/listing/49
Reliable communication is absolutely necessary for individuals to stay alert of emergencies in Sonoma County. Sonoma County staff proactively work with cellular providers on improving cellular service throughout the County, exploring opportunities to deploy infrastructure in areas lacking cellular coverage, upgrade antiquated and failing landline systems, and create overall redundancy in our networks to ensure communities have access to reliable and resilient communications during emergencies and natural disasters. To view current cellular coverage in your community, please access the following links to view providers’ cellular coverage throughout Sonoma County:
Verizon Wireless: https://www.verizonwireless.com/reusable-content/landing-page/
COVID-19 Broadband Resources
In response to the coronaviruse pandemic, our local internet service companies and working diligently to support our communities by providing discounted services to eligible households. Please click on the links below to learn more information and if your household qualifies.
Frontier Communications: https://frontier.com/resources/covid-19
Some internet service providers in Sonoma County provide a low-income internet service offering to eligible households. Please click on the links below to learn more information and if your household qualifies.
Comcast Internet Essentials Program: https://www.internetessentials.com/
AT&T Access Program: https://www.att.com/internet/access/
Frontier Communications Discount Programs: https://frontier.com/resources/discount-programs
California LifeLine Program
The California LifeLine Program provides discounts on home phone and cell phone services to qualified households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Please click on the links below to learn more information and if your household qualifies.
Verizon: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/account/manage-account/lifeline-discountBack to top