TODAY, Assemblyman Jim Wood chaired the second committee hearing of the “Select Committee on Digital Divide in Rural California”.
“I am really pleased with the progress we made today”, said Assemblyman Wood. “My goal is to bring telecommunication stakeholders to the table and to walk away with a clear path forward.”
Today’s committee meeting called Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, USDA Rural Development State Broadband Coordinator Robert Tse, and other stakeholders to Sacramento to weigh solutions for delivering broadband to rural communities. Participants discussed the regulatory challenges new telecommunications projects face in California as well as the funding opportunities available for future projects.
Wood said, “It is our responsibility to ensure that our rural communities have a fighting chance in today’s 21st century economy.”
Elected in 2014, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) represents the 2nd Assembly District, which includes all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.