Alameda County, CA Partners with Magellan Advisors for Broadband Needs Assessment

  • Magellan Advisors

DENVER, CO – Alameda County, California, has selected Magellan Advisors, a broadband and smart city consulting firm, as its partner in the development of a broadband needs assessment and fiber optic mapping plan that will identify needs and opportunities for future broadband expansion and growth within the urban unincorporated areas of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview and San Lorenzo. Magellan will work with the Alameda County Community Development Agency to gain insight into where fiber optic infrastructure is currently available and how it might be strategically expanded for the benefit of the community.

The County is taking a proactive approach to increasing opportunities for economic development, emerging business sectors, and providing services to its communities by enabling innovation with greater high-speed internet connectivity. Magellan will assist in community outreach efforts, as well as working with the County to build a fiber optic map to document current and planned infrastructure that will support these efforts, allowing Alameda County and its stakeholders to prepare for future technologies.

Broadband Survey for Businesses
Magellan Advisors and Alameda County will be conducting a broadband survey for businesses, community anchor institutions, and other organizations within the urban unincorporated areas of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, and San Lorenzo. Businesses in these areas are encouraged to participate in the online survey available at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Alameda. The survey requests information about the respondents’ current internet services, as well as their anticipated needs for the future and should be completed by the person who selects and pays for internet services within the organization.

Using feedback from this survey, as well as a series of focus groups at a date yet to be determined, Magellan’s West Coast team will assess the current state of broadband, determine whether it is meeting the needs of businesses, community anchor institutions, and government facilities, and make recommendations for where and how fiber-optic infrastructure should be expanded. The project’s final report will serve as an implementation roadmap to ensuring the broadband needs of these urban unincorporated areas are served.

 

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