Projects

Below is a list of the broadband projects and activities being undertaken by the County. They fall into two categories, pre-constructions and construction. Work thus far has been focused on preconstruction.

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PRE-CONSTRUCTION

Broadband Road Map

An introduction to the broadband infrastructure opportunities and challenges. It is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 13, 2022. The plan was funded by a grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) that was awarded to a consortium of Central Sierra counties.

Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

The County is preparing an EIR for broadband projects in Tuolumne County in an effort to streamline the process of moving to the construction phase while protecting vital environmental and cultural resources. The effort was funded by a Local Area Technology Assistance Grant from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Broadband Strategic Plan

We will develop a strategic plan for Tuolumne County's broadband infrastructure. Funded by a grant from the EDA, through the Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), an affiliate of Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) of which the county is a member.

Planning Policies

  • Dig once: A policy that guides the approach to including fiber any time a utility trench is dug. This has the potential to dramatically decrease the cost of construction for buried fiber infrastructure.
  • Streamline: Work is underway to examine policy changes that may streamline the permitting process.