Background

RCC History
Redwood Coast Connect (RCC) was a project created in 2007 by Redwood Coast Rural Action (RCRA), a regional network of community leaders. The RCC is an ongoing initiative to make broadband Internet available to all residents in the four county regions of Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity.

The long-term goal of RCC is to make available affordable ubiquitous broadband to all rural communities in the Redwood Coast region through community engagement, simplification of county and municipal policies and tapping the ingenuity of entrepreneurs in the region.

Regional Broadband Forums
Over the past six years, there have been five regional Broadband Forums, where broadband advocates including elected officials, tribal elected officials and tribal leaders, city managers, county administrators, economic and community development professionals, emergency service providers and community leaders from Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties have come together to learn from each other.

The Redwood Coast Connect Report
RCC was the first regional rural broadband consortium created in the state to partner with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). RCC was one of CETF’s first matching grants and the pilot project released a report in January of 2009 that analyzed the regions:

  • Demand–including willingness to pay, the relative importance of broadband to homes and businesses, present uptake rates, and potential for and challenges to demand aggregation;
  • Supply–including mapping of current coverage, identifying unserved and underserved communities, and identification of critical missing infrastructure; and
  • Current policy climate–including identification of policy barriers to rural deployment as well as opportunities for advocacy.