Description of the Geographical Regions/Population

The Redwood Coast region covers almost 11,000 square miles (the size of Connecticut and New Jersey combined) and has a total population of approximately 266,000. There are 11 incorporated cities encompassing approximately 48% of the total regional population. In addition to the cities and smaller communities, there are 20 federally recognized tribal communities.

Settlement patterns in the region follow geographic features including mountain ranges and rivers that create a variety of challenges in serving all communities with broadband. Much of the land is heavily forested, some of which is not easily accessible by road. Winter storms and constant roadwork all too frequently disrupt
services–even to the most populated areas. Infrastructure is expensive to build and difficult to maintain.