High-speed internet coming to rural North Coast communities

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FORTUNA- High-speed internet access throughout the county is about to expand. On Monday more than 70 state, county and city leaders met at Fortuna’s River Lodge for the Redwood Coast Connect Broadband Forum.

At the meeting, representatives spoke about upcoming broadband enhancement projects in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. The state is currently funding $300 million in broadband infrastructure projects. Here at home, a portion of that money is being spent towards connecting the Yurok and Karuk communities to high-speed internet, as well as other rural communities along highway 299.

“There are many communities in the Redwood Coast, just like the rest of California that don't have high speed internet access that is adequate and even those who do have access, probably there's a need for an upgrade in the quality or bandwidth, the speed of that service,” said Sunne McPeak California emerging technology fund. “That’s why we're talking today and it's hugely transforming to a household to finally get access and it makes a major difference in a regional economy.”