Friday, November 17, 2017

IERB Consortium

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October 12, 2017 IERBC Annual Meeting


RECENT BROADBAND LEGISLATION:


NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY FROM
CALIFORNIA EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND (CETF): 

CETF Access Broadband Connect (ABC) Grants


BACKGROUND:

Broadband is a prime concern for the Inland Empire region.  Reliable, affordable, and available high-speed internet access is extremely important for this diverse and vast geographic region. 

The Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium (IERBC) addresses broadband technology access, planning, service reliability, affordability, infrastructure requirements, cost and needs within both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. 

IERBC is a group of 35 stakeholders, including both the County of San Bernardino and the County of Riverside, regional government agencies, and many cities in the Inland Empire.  The Consortium also includes non-profits, libraries, schools and universities,  health care providers, and technology and engineering businesses.  IERBC has many supporters in the region as well. 

The Consortium represents a variety of urban, suburban, rural, mountain and desert interests in the region with strong concern and commitment to becoming a 'smart region', closing the Digital Divide, and improving broadband speed, reliability, availability, and access in the Inland Empire. 

IERBC is funded through the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) in order to provide collaborative broadband planning for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

GOALS:

A significant 'Digital Divide' exists in the Inland Empire region where many residents are not able to access broadband internet service.  This lack of access can be attributed to geographic issues, infrastructure, demographics, local and state policies, and community stakeholder involvement. 

The need for a regional collaborative broadband strategy effort, as will be done by IERBC, is critical in closing the Digital Divide within the Inland Empire region.

IERBC has focused its planning efforts on community and stakeholder involvement, in order to develop a Broadband Infrastructure and Access Plan for the Inland Empire Region. 

The IERBC Broadband Infrastructure and Access Plan focuses on the following issues:

  • Needed capital improvement projects
  • Programs which address underserved and disadvantaged residents
  • Government Policy improvements and best practices
  • Advocacy efforts and Grant Funding for the IERBC region
  • Economic Development and Broadband
  • Smart Region policies, programs, and implementation

IERBC's vision is that the Consortium's Broadband Plan will set regional broadband priorities, enhance economic vitality and growth and improve the quality of life within the Inland Empire to remove the "Digital Divide" by providing a collaborative opportunity for regional broadband infrastructure, access and program planning.

The Broadband Infrastructure and Access Plan establishes IERBC as the lead strategic planning resource within the Inland Empire to help create a "smart region" and help achieve fast, reliable, accessible, available, and affordable broadband high-speed internet service available to every resident, business and stakeholder in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. 

CONTACT:  

Martha van Rooijen, IERBC Executive Director

Email:   martha@iebroadband.com

Phone:  951.845.4391

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