Mammoth Lakes already has more bandwidth for some internet service, thanks to the completion of Digital 395 in town. Other communities will benefit too as construction moves toward completion. Today in Bishop, officials from all over the Eastern Sierra planned to sit down and talk about broadband.
The Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium planned to host a forum at the fairgrounds. The event was scheduled to start at 8am. Michael Ort of California Broadband Cooperative, the owner of Digital 395, was asked to be the keynote speaker. He planned to talk about the vision and value of the project which recently gained $10 million more from the State to wrap things up.
Also scheduled to speak about the impacts and opportunities of regional broadband were Inyo Supervisor Linda Arcularius; Bishop Public Works Director Dave Grah; Deanna Campbell of Cerro Coso College; Inyo Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer; Inyo Library Director Nancy Masters; Susie Cisneros of Bishop Paiute Headstart; and Nate Greenberg, Mono County IT Director.
Service providers like Suddenlink and Schat.net were asked to talk about their side of the subject and local business owners were also asked to participate. Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio planned to tackle broadband and economic development in our region.