Broadband Infrastructure

Sierra County is working diligently to expand internet access to its residents.  The informational items below pertain to the County’s efforts to increase broadband internet access to rural/underserved areas:

 

  • Please see the Communication Memo and GoogleEarth Map layer alerting residents and the communities of Calpine, Sierraville, Sierra City and Downieville that survey work—including the use of drones to help map existing utility poles and lines in the vicinity---will be conducted starting next week (December 11, 2023).  The purpose of the surveys is to help map potential locations for installing new broadband internet infrastructure.  All work is being done with grant funding under the Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) Program, administered by the California Public Utilities Commission.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Brandon Pangman at the Sierra County Planning Department (in Downieville) at: bpangman@sierracounty.ca.gov or (530) 289-3251.

 

  • The newly released Draft Broadband Strategic Plan (aka, “Broadband Planning and Feasibility Study”) for Sierra County is now available.  This is also a grant-funded project, under the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA).  We are soliciting review comments on the Draft Plan until December 30, 2023.  Please send any comments or questions about this Draft Strategic Plan directly to Brandon Pangman at the Sierra County Planning Department (in Downieville) at: bpangman@sierracounty.ca.gov or (530) 289-3251.  A formal presentation of the Draft Strategic Plan will be made at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting in Downieville on January 2, 2024.