Our Mission: Facilitate broadband capacity and adoption
The purpose of the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium is to promote widespread broadband deployment and to promote its advanced adoption in areas of our region where Internet is currently either unavailable or too expensive. We accomplish this mission by:
- Helping identify communities in need of broadband;
- Encouraging providers and local organizations to deploy appropriate and affordable technology to connect communities;
- Promoting broadband access and adoption through workshops for residents and businesses in Mono, Inyo and Eastern Kern counties.
What is ESCRBC?
The Consortium was formed to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access in Eastern Sierra. ESCRBC is funded out of the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to launch public-private partnerships aimed at increasing digital access and use in Mono, Inyo and eastern Kern counties. ESCRBC is one of 14 regional consortia in the State of California. The project is supported by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and is run by the Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D).
ESCRBC requested and received CASF consortia funding of $150,000 in Year 1 with intention to renew Years 2 and 3 for $150,000 each. In total, the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortia requested the maximum funding of $450,000 in the Eastern Sierra region.
The Consortium is comprised of a Board of Directors who represents the three counties, a project manager and an administrative assistant.
- Julie Langou (Project Manager) – Eastern Sierra Consulting Inc. based in Lone Pine, CA.
- Alice Lauritzen (Administrative Assistant) – Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council based in Ridgecrest, CA
- Nate Greenberg (Vice-Chair / Mono) – Digital 395 Project Manager and GIS Coordinator for Mono County.
- Lori Acton (Kern) – Kern County Field Representative, 1st District Supervisor Jon McQuiston
- Win Lievsay (Kern) - KRVR Broadband Communication Representative
- Kelly Bearden (Kern) - director of the CSUB Small Business Development Center serving Kern, Inyo and Mono counties.
- John Rothgeb (Inyo) – Retired physicist from the Department of the Navy as well as small business owner.
- Doug Thompson (Inyo) – Owner of the Whitney Portal Store and the Whitney Portal Hostel in Lone Pine. CEO of Lone Pine Economic Development Corporation and President of the Desert Mountain RC&D Council.
What ESCRBC is doing to help get you connected
- ESCRBC is working with providers to identify the communities that they currently provide service in, are interested in expanding, or establishing new services
- Where providers are unwilling to deploy broadband, we will introduce your community to other potential solutions
What you can do to help
- Take our survey on broadband Internet. The survey results will be used to help develop the picture of broadband availability and adoption.
- Identify a neighborhood champion, and contact us regarding your broadband needs and expectations