Newberry Springs' opportunity to acquire high-speed Internet
broadband service through a sale of Verizon Communications' landline assets to
Frontier Communications appears to be failing.
The importance of high-speed fiber-optic broadband cannot be overstated.
It represents the doorway to economic growth within Newberry Springs.
The lack of broadband will contribute to the community's continued economic
on July 25, 2015, by the Blotter, Newberry Springs has an opportunity through
federal funding, to acquire high-speed broadband by requesting the California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) require Frontier Communications provide fiber-optic
broadband to Newberry Springs as part of Frontier's state licensing.
Federal dollars for the establishment of high-speed broadband to disadvantaged
rural communities, such as Newberry Springs, is available through the state. Currently,
Newberry Springs has an opportunity to ask for these dollars through the CPUC's processing
of Frontier's application.
On August 2, 2015, the Blotter
an updated appeal for Newberrians to immediately step-up and petition the CPUC for broadband
by sending letters. A very simple
template lettter was provided
to assist writers to follow.
A number of Newberry organizations, including the Chamber, property owners,
and the Senior/Family Center have requested their members to write letters to the CPUC.
The Newberry Community Focus newsletter's last semi-annual edition dedicated a page
encouraging readers to write the CPUC. The newsletter was mailed to each postal address
in Newberry Springs.
Indicators suggest that the community response has
been poor. This is believed due to the traditional low responsiveness of
economically challenged populations to be civically active.
The CPUC's staff is currently wrapping-up the processing of
data for its recommendation to the commission. As part of the commission's
fact-finding scoping process, a series of public meetings were held throuhout
the state. With those public meetings now ended, the period for the public's
input is now reported as closed.
Letters submitted at this time from Newberry Springs may, or may not,
be entered into the official record. However, letters mailed by October 30th
may still have a meaningful impact.
To date, the community's response by residents supporting fiber-optic
broadband may not be sufficient enough to sway the commission's action. So any
letter now sent could be the letter that does it. Submitting a letter is something
that residents must initiate on their own.
Newberry residents are highly encouraged to submit a letter as
fiber-optic broadband would assist local students, facilitate an increase of businesses and
jobs, and open the door for Newberry to fully enter the digital age that offers incredible
benefits, including family entertainment.