Welcome to the Eastern Sierra

THE BEAD CHALLENGE WINDOW IS OPEN

The California BEAD Consumer Challenge Page (https://register.challenge.cpuc.ca.gov/) has all of the information you need to determine whether you should submit a Challenge to the State’s broadband Internet service data, and to submit a challenge if needed.

You needn’t worry about making any mistakes when submitting a speed test challenge, as all of the challenges will be reviewed by Inyo and Mono County representatives before being formally submitted to the State.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Scott Armstrong via email at sarmstrong@inyocounty.us.

THE EASTERN SIERRA IS NOW TRULY CONNECTED WITH THE WORLD

It used to be true that to have the best business opportunities, education, or jobs, you had to be in a city. Not anymore! Most communities in the Eastern Sierra now have access to internet service that is as good, or better than, what you would find in the metropolitan US. That allows our businesses and residents to connect and compete on a National and International level.

88.6% Served

MONO COUNTY:  88.6% of the households in Mono County currently have access to broadband Internet service at speeds of at least 25Mbps / 3Mbps.

11.3% Unserved

MONO COUNTY: 11.3% of the households in Mono County do not have access to broadband Internet service at speeds of at least 25Mbps / 3Mbps.

98.7% Adoption Rate

MONO COUNTY:  98.7% of the households in Mono County that are categorized as served have subscribed to broadband Internet service.

92.6% Served

INYO COUNTY: 92.6% of the households in Inyo County currently have access to broadband Internet service at speeds of at least 25Mbps / 3Mbps.

7.4% Unserved

INYO COUNTY: 7.4% of the households in Inyo County do not have access to broadband Internet service at speeds of at least 25Mbps / 3Mbps.

71% Adoption Rate

INYO COUNTY: 71% of the households in Inyo County that are categorized as served have subscribed to broadband Internet service.

Source:  California Public Utilities Commission, December 31, 2021.

6.0% ACP Signed Up

MONO COUNTY: 6.0% of the households in Mono County that are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP) have signed up for ACP.

Graph showing the increasing ACP Enrollment for Mon County

21.0% ACP Signed Up

INYO COUNTY: 21.0% of the households in Inyo County that are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP) have signed up for ACP.

Graph showing the increasing ACP Enrollment for Inyo County

FCC National Broadband Map – Verify Your Service And Location

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been maintaining a map of broadband service availability for locations across the country. You can verify both the service available where you live or work, and the precise location of the building or buildings where service is available.

To view the service location, open the link (https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home), enter your address in the “Search by Address” box, and you should see a map with your location and nearby locations. You can zoom in and out using the controls in the upper left part of the map to get a closer view of your location, and you can select the viewable layers to look at the satellite view to be certain that you’re looking at the correct building.

To view the available Internet service at your home or business, use the same link and click on the dot representing your location. The information on the right side of the browser window should now list any Internet Service Providers that can provide services to that location.

If you feel that the location or available bandwidth is incorrect, you can click on the appropriate links to challenge the FCC’s information by clicking on the Location Challenge or the Availability Challenge links.

Here are some how-to tutorials on submitting challenges to the FCC Broadband Map data:

Built in 2013, Digital 395 is a massive open-access broadband network delivering Petabytes of data to the Eastern Sierra.

million dollars of public money used to build Digital 395

miles of fiber built between Barstow, CA and Carson City, NV

Anchor institutions connected along the Digital 395 route

Strands of fiber between Barstow & Carson City

Stay tuned for more information on regional broadband!

OUR GOAL IS 100% ACCESS AND ADOPTION IN THE EASTERN SIERRA
Quality of Life

We know how important it is to be Connected. And now with Digital 395 supporting your internet connection, broadband in the Eastern Sierra rivals the metropolitan US. High-quality broadband is critical for local residents in accessing online education, community and government resources, and home entertainment.

Economic Development

The competitiveness and economic potential of our region is furthered by state-of-the-art broadband. Thanks to Digital 395 you can now work where you play – whether you are a telecommuter, local business, or tech company CEO you can make the Eastern Sierra your permanent home thanks to reliable internet.

Safe Communities

Digital 395 is changing the way residents and visitors to Inyo and Mono Counties access healthcare and emergency resources. This network provides a redundant, public-safety grade connection to the outside world which helps emergency responders communicate, and connects patients to doctors.

The Inyo-Mono Broadband Consortium is a project of the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BROADBAND IN THE EASTERN SIERRA