OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Carrie Tillie & Gregg Dieguez —
Recent storms have shown our vulnerability in cell phone service, as well as half a dozen other infrastructure categories. Here are steps YOU can take NOW to help put pressure on for better cell service.
The County of San Mateo is asking residents, particularly those without access to Broadband Internet, to take a survey from the Federal Communications Commission that could help secure funding to bring high-speed Internet access to local underserved and unserved communities. The FCC requires Internet service providers to report where they make Internet services available. The FCC reviews the data and then publishes it on the National Broadband Map. Residents can dispute, or challenge, information shown on the map that they believe is inaccurate.
Follow the steps at this SMC web page to get the FCC app, take an at-home test, and forward results to the FCC.
A more comprehensive analysis of our telecommunications vulnerabilities was covered in a presentation at the March 8th MCC meeting, and is available here: Creating Coastside Communications Resilience
Soon, a written report will be available, and another MCC meeting held, to gather community feedback, and support, for improving Coastside telecommunications.
More From Gregg Dieguez ~ InPerspective
Carrie Tillie has been the Montara CERT Lead for four years, as well as co-founder of the Bay Area Culinary Historians, author, and an exhibiting artist. Mr. Dieguez is a native San Franciscan, longtime San Mateo County resident, and semi-retired entrepreneur who causes occasional controversy on the Coastside. He is a member of the MCC, but his opinions here are his own, and not those of the Council. In 2003 he co-founded MIT’s Clean Tech Program here in NorCal, which became MIT’s largest alumni speaker program. He lives in Montara. He loves a productive dialog in search of shared understanding.