Closing the ’digital divide’ in Sonoma County

9 June 2021

Sonoma County supervisors are looking at creating a public entity to make broadband access more available in underserved regions of the County. The Access Sonoma Broadband Action Plan, approved in early June, seeks to improve equitable access to broadband internet technology, wireless and cell phone services.

“Broadband internet access is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. There’s a digital divide in Sonoma County where the infrastructure either does not exist or service is simply unaffordable in some communities,” Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Chair of the Board of Supervisors said. “This plan presents a path forward on establishing a public-private partnership that can identify community needs, leverage funding, and effectively expand access to broadband technology in Sonoma County.”

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