The mission of the CCBC is to plan for, build and connect the region's disparate telecommunications networks and fill critical gaps, offering high speed Internet connectivity to ensure equity, access and digital literacy for all residents, businesses, government, education and other important civic and social services agencies and institutions in the region.

CCBC Regional Broadband Consortium Project

The CCBC received $150,000 in funding from the PUC's CASF in January 2012 for the first year of a three-year project to continue our work in the tri-county area. The City of Watsonville serves as the lead/fiscal agency for our initiatives. There are 5 independent contractor positions available.
These are:

1. Economic development analyst
2. GIS analyst
3. Infrastructure specialist
4. Network specialist
5. Web/database development team

Deadline to Express a Letter of Interest is February 28, 2012. Please refer to: CCBC Broadband Project Independent Contractor. A complete project description is available: CCBC CASF Consortia Grant Application Final.

The project has 3 initiatives:

1-To document the region’s current telecommunications assets, requirements and opportunities and compile these into an accessible database.

The objective here is to create the technical plans and secure public-private partnerships to deploy broadband infrastructure, as well as secure funding from private and public sources.

2- To generate model policies that support the region’s ability to finance, deploy, and provide high-speed, affordable and equitable broadband access.

Our objective is to collaborate and create policies that standardize equitable and affordable access to broadband for consumers and provide commercial grade facilities demanded by businesses that are locating to or expanding in our region.

3- To promote and increase access to broadband among underrepresented and low-income communities.

In addition to developing the policies and infrastructure that will bridge the digital divide on the Central Coast, we are also dedicated to helping our citizens develop their digital literacy skills, obtain low-cost computers, and to secure affordable access plans.

More CCBC Updates!

The CCBC is currently focusing on applying for 501 (c)(3) status as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit corporation so that we may continue organizing as a legally recognized entity. We have drafted our Bylaws which were reviewed by a law professor at a local university who generously contributed her time.

Members of the CCBC's Coordinating Council attended meetings in December organized by the California Emerging Technology Fund/CETF which has spearheaded the efforts of regional broadband consortia statewide. Thanks to CETF's leadership, there now exists 14 Regional Consortia, each of which is in various stages of organization, experience and deployment of infrastructure and broadband applications. As of February, 2012, the PUC has funded all 14 of these Consortia to continue their efforts for a Connected California!

CETF's mission is to provide leadership statewide to close the "Digital Divide" by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations.

Learn more about the other Consortia:

Central Coast Broadband Consortium

Central Sierra Connected Connected Broadband Consortium

Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium

Consortia planning and development

Denied Applications

East Bay Broadband Consortium

Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium

Gold Country Broadband Consortium

Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium

Los Angeles County Regional Broadband Consortia

Northeastern California Connect Consortium

One Million New Internet Users Coalition

Redwood Coast Connect

San Diego Imperial Regional Broadband Consortium

San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium

Upstate California Connect Consortium

CCBC Meeting, October 12, 2011 in Watsonville

The Central Coast Broadband Consortium/CCBC convened a Community Meeting to discuss our recent activities and to determine our next steps towards fulfilling our mission for a Connected Central Coast. The full meeting notes can be downloaded here.

1: Update & Review on our Regional Broadband Grant Application to the California Public Utilities Commission/CPUC. Steve Blum led us through the review of the project’s scope, logistics and timeline.

2: Highlights of Recent National Broadband Conferences. Dave Dalby discussed the recent FCC conference he attended on the National Broadband Plan. Arlene Krebs provided an overview of the NTIA national conference, which convened the ARRA BTOP grant awardees working in the arena of broadband infrastructure, access and adoption, and public computing centers.
Download the NTIA-BTOP PowerPoint here

3: Forming A CCBC 501 (c)(3) organization—We agreed to proceed with completing and filing the IRS application. Our next CCBC face to face meeting before the new year, will focus on the 501 (c) (3) filing-Bylaws, Membership, and Structure.

4: CCBC Organizational Structure: Chris Stathis and Nancy Martin led us in a discussion of the CCBC Organizational Structure & Models including Advisory Teams in Technical Infrastructure; Economic Development & Policy; Broadband Access & Adoption. 

CCBC meeting Feb 10th, 2011

Our Tri-County--Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey County-- IT Departments discussed their network's "assets and gaps", plans and visions. Their presentations are available below:

Santa Cruz County, presented by Tammie Weigl, Data Center Division Manager
Download Presentation

Monterey County, presented by Virgil Schwab, IT Director
Download Presentation

San Benito County, presented by Ray Espinosa, IT Manager 
Download Presentation

Download the Meeting agenda HERE

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
APPROVES $4.975 Million Towards Our Project!

Download the Resolution HERE

Our grant application to the CPUC's California Advanced Services Fund requesting 10% matching funds (approximately $4.975Million) towards our ARRA Broadband Stimulus Grant was approved on November 20, 2009!

CASF “has determined that the Central Coast Broadband Consortium Middle Mile project covers unserved and underserved broadband areas and is eligible to receive CASF funding.” This is terrific news as we move forward with securing the funds to build out our Middle Mile project!

Regarding the federal ARRA grant request for $49.975M, we learned that Governor Schwarzenegger has recommended our project as one of his priorities for funding! The federal agencies sent a list of the projects to each Governor’s Office to prioritize its recommendations. There were 179 proposals from CA requesting Broadband and Public Computing Facilities funds. We are one of the 26 projects recommended for Broadband Infrastructure funding

Read Governor Schwarzenegger's Letter to the NTIA.
Download the letter here.

You may view the meeting of the CCBC's Tri-County Presentation on October 1, 2009 with leaders from the public and private sectors. You can learn the latest information about theCCBC, our ARRA grant proposal, the middle mile fiber optic network we've planned, and our next steps.

Watch the Video of the CCBC Presentation of ARRA Application
Watch the Slideshow of the CCBC Presentation of ARRA Application

Below: Map of the proposed CCBC Network Footprint.
MAP Key:
Green = Aerial Fiber
Black = Underground Fiber
Green Circles = Existing County Nodes
Blue Thumbtacks = Underserved Communities
Download the full Map here

Insert a description of the image here.The CCBC's project will connect the tri-county's disparate telecommunications networks via a Middle Mile infrastructure deployment so that we may provide connectivity to the geographically challenging and rural areas of our farmlands-the nation's Salad Bowl-our rugged coast, and mountain areas. As an engine for economic development, this project will enable government agencies to realize significant savings in their daily operations; facilitate public safety communications; support cost reductions and improvements in health services; provide training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed residents; empower the region's businesses to retain workers, reach national and global markets; and provide the region's youth with practical experience and technology skills essential for their future.
Our tri-county project addresses the priorities listed in "The State of Connectivity: Building Innovation Through Broadband," the final report of the California Governor's Broadband Task Force. These priorities include:

• Build out high-speed broadband infrastructure to all Californians
• Develop model permitting standards and encourage collaboration among providers
• Increase the use and adoption of broadband and computer technology
• Engage and reward broadband innovation and research
• Create a statewide e-health network.

The Central Coast Broadband Consortium/CCBC

The Community Foundation for Monterey County submitted the Central Coast Broadband Consortium's Strategic Work Plan to the California Emerging Technology Fund/CETF. This Plan resulted from 6 months of forums and meetings, and includes the members of theCCBC's Coordinating Council.

CSUMB was selected as the CCBC's Host Organization through 2009. The CCBC submitted a grant request for Broadband Stimulus Funds to the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program at the National Telecommunications Information Administration/NTIA regarding the potential $7.2 billion in funds for broadband included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/ARRA. CCBC also submitted a grant request to the California Public Utilities Commission's California Advanced Services Fund.
Learn more about the ARRA and California's planning at
Previous Notes and Presentations from The CCBC Forums are Available!

"Mobility & Community Vitality in a Broadband World"

WeTEC's Wireless Community & Mobile User Conference:
Conference Sessions & Presentations Are Now Available!

WeTEC Conference Photos

This event offered opportunities to "think outside the box" concerning public and private initiatives in the wired and wireless world. Innovators and thought leaders representing government, business, community and education sectors shared best practices, analyzed challenges and barriers, discussed how to capitalize on initiatives, and demonstrated how broadband access can advance economic development, public safety, digital inclusion, and educational, social and health services. There were sessions regarding the Economic Stimulus package and its implications for community broadband infrastructure and applications. We learned about regional initiatives that the California Emerging Technology Fund/CETF is advancing. CETF-supported projects shared research and case studies, and the Central Coast Broadband Collaborative presented its draft Strategic Plan.

A Broadband Action Plan for America

The Benton Foundation has been advocating Digital Inclusion and a National Broadband Policy over the past 15 years. It has advocated that all Americans have access to high speed and affordable Internet services and networks. On December 1, 2008, the Benton Foundation issued A Broadband Action Plan for America.

"The State of Connectivity - Building Innovation Through Broadband."

The California Broadband Task Force Report - WeTEC's Director, Arlene Krebs, was among approximately 70 Californians, who helped inform the Governor's Report. Arlene participated in the Working Group on Education that advised the Task Force about infrastructure, deployment, training, funds, and applications to ensure that all Californians have equity and access to high speed wired and wireless networks.

Released on January 17, 2008, this report includes maps of current broadband availability and speed, recommendations to increase broadband access and use, and a timeframe in which to meet these critical goals. Read the Report
You may also like to explore other activities underway as part of The California Broadband Initiative
WeTEC has, over the past few years, convened regional seminars to address broadband deployment in our tri-county region.Additionally, WeTEC organizes an annual conference that examines public policy issues, applications, and leading edge technologies. 

Since 2003, CSU Monterey Bay’s Wireless Education and Technology Center has served as the Anchor Institution for the Central Coast Broadband Consortium. The University’s support includes staffing, administrative oversight, website maintenance, media production, community outreach via pr, meetings and newsletters, as well as assistance with grants submissions.

The Consortium focuses on the telecommunications requirements, geographical challenges, and diversity of the region, from the northern Santa Cruz mountains and coastal areas to Big Sur's canyons and rugged coastline, to remote rural areas of eastern and southern San Benito and Monterey counties, as well as the region's cities, small communities, agricultural areas and open spaces.


Monterey Bay Tri-County Region

CCBC supports all broadband projects in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito county region, including those for public safety, economic development, health, social services, education and research. CCBC acts as a broadband project 'clearing house' for county agencies to coordinate their broadband projects in a non-competitive manner, so that they may take advantage of combined funding opportunities where possible and individually when necessary.

CCBC has 5 working groups to address key issues: developing the Consortium's business plan; completing CCBC's project tasks, collecting data for future projects & preparing & submitting grant proposals so that collectively we may ensure the viability and sustainability of the CCBC.

You may review and contribute to our work on our wiki:

The Community Foundation for Monterey County submitted the Central Coast Broadband Consortium's Strategic Work Plan to the California Emerging Technology Fund/CETF. This plan resulted from 6 months of forums and meetings with public and private sector participants from the tri-county region (Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties). See 2008 and 2009 Download the CCBC Strategic Work Plan

The overarching goal of the strategic planning process was to: Develop a plan to identify critical gaps in the region's telecommunications networks, as well as a strategy to address the gaps, including deployment of infrastructure and innovative technologies for high-speed connectivity to ensure equity and access for all the region's residents, businesses, educational, social services, governmental and other agencies and institutions. One goal is to recommend the organizational structure and action steps to prepare and implement a long-term strategy and a business plan to sustain operations.

More than 70 participants were involved in the planning process, representing a diverse range of experience in the public and private sectors, including a blend of policy, technical, and service delivery expertise as well as a high level of support from each of their organizations. Participants represented:

• K-12 and Higher Education;
• Business leaders, including telecommunications providers and Economic development managers
• Health care providers
• Municipal leaders, City Council members, and Board of Supervisor representatives
• Homeland Security, Emergency services and public safety officers
• Libraries
• Transportation and Regional Planning
• Foundations
• Housing and Community development & redevelopment
• Concerned citizens
• Network engineers and administrators
• Nonprofits

The CCBC Coordinating Council

The CCBC operates under the guidance of a Coordinating Council with public and private sector representatives from each county. Its primary roles are to:

• Ensure that the Consortium fulfills its mission;
• Develop the organization as a sustainable entity (develop bylaws, establish the Board, incorporate the organization, establish fees and income sources; create business and marketing plans, actively pursue funding for sustainability);
• Communicate the work of the Consortium to stakeholders and to the community at large.

Since 2008, CSU Monterey Bay has served as the CCBC's Host Organization, and provides resources, IT and University services, and facilitates collaboration with the private and public sectors. Arlene Krebs, CCBC contact, manages the CCBC's operations.

Member Title Organization/Sector
Joel Staker Santa Cruz Network Administrator, City of Watsonville,
Chair, CCBC
Kevin Bowling Santa Cruz Director of Information Services,
Santa Cruz County
Chris Stathis
Santa Cruz CTO, City of Santa Cruz
Peter Koht Santa Cruz Economic Development Coordinator,
City of Santa Cruz
Brad Smith Santa Cruz Director Technology Strategy,
UC Santa Cruz
Jim Warner Santa Cruz Network Engineer/Disaster Planner,
UC Santa Cruz
John Grunder Monterey Director of Information
Technology Services, MIIS
Chip Lenno Monterey CIO, CSU Monterey Bay
Mary Ann Leffel Monterey President, Monterey County
Business Council
Maggie Melone Monterey Executive Assistant to the CEO
Clinicas de Salud del Valle de Salinas
Stephen Blum Monterey President, Tellus Venture Associates
Harold Wolgamott Monterey

Director, Special Projects,
Emergency Services, City of Gonzales

Nancy Martin San Benito President & CEO, Economic Development
Corporation, San Benito County
Ray Espinosa San Benito Information Technology Manager,
San Benito County


Betty Saxon

Broadband Initiatives


2008 & 2007

2006 & 2005

Community Foundation for Monterey

Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments 

California Emerging Technology Fund