The time has come for the BCPC to apply for our next round of funding. On May 19, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission made programatic changes to the Consortia Grant Account which includes allocating $10.71 million in funding for fiscal year 2022/2023. As an eligible Consortium making headway in expanding broadband access across the Tri-County region of Southern California we are eager to apply for this funding and need your letters of support to validate the work we do and the accomplishments we have achieved in our journey so far. Please head to our support page for more information and a letter template.
To realize the imperative of creating a technology-enabled future shared by all, a compelling vision for the community is required. The foundation for that vision is robust broadband infrastructure as the fourth utility, followed by the processes for integrating technology applications, the integral components of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Finally, an alignment of organizations within the civic area is necessary that redefines how people engage, how planning occurs, and how projects are executed. To be specific, the focus of this alignment occurs in three district areas which serve as the catalyst to transforming the community.
– How do you connect the dots and leverage the contribution of others?
– Where do you start and how will quick wins accelerate the change process?
– What skills and characters are involved in developing advocates, bridge builders, and integrators
Closing the gaps/providing broadband to rural communities lacking infrastructure and decent access to internet.
Establishing Infrastructure and communications over regions to expand our conversations and efforts.
Creating strong community networks as well as support systems to strengthen our discussions, influence, and reach.
Creating programs, prototypes, and pilots. Advocating for Smart Cities that include broadband in their creation and development.
The BCPC is one of several strategic initiatives conducted by the Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County. Formed in 2014, the consortium has served as an advocate for broadband deployment and adoption across Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. With that in mind, the consortium has an overarching goal of communicating to municipal leaders, local stakeholders, and citizens why it is imperative to develop Smart City Infrastructures and applications technologies.
Each of these unique individuals brings something valuable to our ever growing table