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CPUC Approves Grants to Construct Broadband Infrastructure Projects in San Bernardino and Imperial Counties

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In our ongoing efforts to assure access to reliable broadband services, yesterday we approved grant funding for broadband infrastructure projects in unserved and underserved communities of San Bernardino County and Imperial County.

At our Voting Meeting on July 12, the Commissioners authorized grants from the California Advanced Services Fund(CASF) to Frontier California, Inc. for two broadband infrastructure projects to construct and deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities to deliver broadband services.

We allocated $1,458,886 from the CASF to Frontier to construct the Lytle Creek Project, which includes the deployment of middle-mile fiber and last-mile FTTH facilities in Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County. The project will replace its current dial-up and mobile data service by enabling Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload to an estimated 339 CASF eligible households. The project will also provide access to broadband Internet service for the U.S. Forest Service Lytle Creek Ranger Station, the Lytle Creek Community Center, the Lytle Creek Post Office, and several small businesses. The grant amount represents 80 percent of the total estimated project cost of $1,823,607.

Additionally, the CPUC authorized another CASF grant of $1,262,567 to Frontier to construct the Desert Shores Project. The proposed project will deploy FTTH facilities to provide broadband Internet service to the unincorporated communities of Desert Shores and Salton Sea Beach in Imperial County. The Desert Shores Project fiber optic network will enable access to gigabit-capable Internet service to 596 eligible households, at a cost of $2,118 per household, spread over 2.63 square miles. The project area includes a disadvantaged rural community in need of critical broadband infrastructure, and will provide improved access to employment, education, health care, public safety, and other governmental services. The grant amount represents 90 percent of the total estimated project cost of $1,478,902.

CASF promotes deployment of high-quality advanced communication services to Californians. Most program funds are for infrastructure deployment.  Some funds are for broadband adoption, awareness, training, and access.

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