Weott Broadband Project - Spring-Summer 2010
This project is sponsored by the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and funded by a Community Development Block Grant. The project's goal is to figure out how to bring broadband to Weott, a small community in Humboldt County on the Avenue of the Giants. The project will review existing telecom infrastructure and analyze options, recommending a solution, working in partnership with the community of Weott.
12/2010 Update: AT&T is now offering DSL in Weott.
Highway 299 Fiber/Wireless Project - Winter 2009
This project identified and described the requirements to successfully complete the construction of a diversely routed east-west fiber-optic cable to Eureka, which brings the possibility of fiber route redundancy to Humboldt County and brings accessibility to wireless broadband Internet access for eighteen unserved and underserved communities along the Highway 299 route in Shasta, Trinity, and Humboldt counties.
Read the Highway 299 Report (PDF - 4MB)
Redwood Coast Connect - Fall 2007 - Fall 2008
The Redwood Coast Connect project is regional in nature, encompassing Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties. The project will benchmark current broadband demand, readiness to participate in the changes that high-speed telecommunications entail, and assessment of broadband infrastructure. NERATECH is participating in the project.
The long-term goal of the project, of which this is the first phase, is to make available ubiquitous broadband to all rural communities in the region through the aggregation of users, engagement of providers, simplification of county and municipal policies and tapping the ingenuity of entrepreneurs in the region. This planning phase will set the strategies, actions and desired specific outcomes that will help define the next steps of broadbandimplementation.
This project will have a positive impact on the entire region by demonstrating business scenarios for broadband infrastructure investment. Increased broadband accessibility will increase opportunities for business development, jobs, and access to quality health care and educational possibilities.
The project is funded by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), in partnership with the Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF), the Northern California SBDC Network, Humboldt State University (HSU) and Redwood Coast Rural Action (RCRA). Check out the Web site, complete with maps, executive summary, and final report at http://humboldt.edu/rcc/.
Orick Wireless Broadband Project - Summer-Fall 2006
The County of Humboldt recently published an RFP for development of a plan to deploy wireless broadband to the northern Humboldt community of Orick. NERATECH is part of the team selected for the project, along with Planwest Partners of Arcata (www.planwestpartners.com) and Sparling of Portland (www.sparling.com). The plan will define cost, technology options, geographical area, ownership options, Internet connectivity options, anchor tenants, and subscriber base.
Read the RFP here.
FAQ about project
Read the Final Report
Humboldt County Redundant Fiber Project - 2006
Redwood Coast Rural Action (RCRA), Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC), and Redwood Technology Consortium (RTC) recently formed a Working Group on Universal Regional Connectivity. North Coast residents, educational institutions, government agencies, and businesses are desirous of increasing the reliability of telecommunications, offering competitive choices in telecommunications providers, and enabling expansion of broadband coverage.
FirstMile.US (www.FirstMile.US) and ZEROdB (www.ZEROdB.net) are working on the project and will research, evaluate, and document options for ownership, financing, and operations. NERATECH is overseeing this project, which is funded by the County of Humboldt. Read the final report here:
Alternate Fiber Report
Multiple fiber outages have occurred in the past 18 months. Route diversity should be a local priority. Read a report on the effects of fiber outages:
Living in a Networked World - 2004-2005
This telecommunications assessment was an innovative planning program for the regionís digital future sponsored by the Humboldt County Economic Development Division. Telecommunications services have major impacts on economies and society. This project will help the county participate in the new, wired economy.
Living in a Networked World report 12/2004
Gigabit Circle (bandwidth comparisons)
North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
NERATECH provides general business counseling for the remote areas of Humboldt County, Tina as Lead Counselor for Southern Humboldt (Garberville, Fortuna, Ferndale, Rio Dell) and Mike as Lead Counselor for Eastern Humboldt (Willow Creek, Hoopa, Weitchpec, Orleans).
Click here for SBDC Resources
Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE)
Tina provides educational technology outreach to 32 Humboldt County School districts. Services provided are infrastructure assessments, periodic technology meetings, development of resources and tools, and general tech support to districts.
Click here for HCOE Information
North Coast Telecommunications Analysis - 2002
A Rural E-Commerce grant to SBDC funded this telecom study. The report includes existing Humboldt County telecommunications services, a glossary of terms, network diagrams, a discussion of SBC fiber optic project, and recommendations of telecom options for residents and small businesses.
Click for North Coast Bandwidth Analysis