Priority 6
The San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium was established by the Partnership to impact change in the lack of high-speed broadband infrastructure throughout the San Joaquin Valley, particularly in rural agricultural communities. This digital divide is a constraint on Ag industry technology advancements, economic development and more efficient and equitable delivery of social services, health care, workforce training, distance learning and digital literacy.


San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium

Office of Community & Economic Development
Fresno State

Shelby Gonzales
Finance Director

(559) 278-0517 Direct
(559) 278-0721 Main

550 E Shaw Ave. Ste. 230
Fresno CA 93710

Broadband Consortium Members

2016 Report

  1. Access/Adoption
    OCED staff documented 625 new Internet adoptions in the San Joaquin Valley and trained 714 parents in Digital Literacy classes, as part of the CETF “Get Connected! San Joaquin Valley” Grant.
    Fresno County Housing Authority awarded 3 of 8 adoption projects, to bring Internet adoption and digital literacy to urban and rural housing authority complexes.
    Additional funding was proposed for additional adoptions through a service agreement with CETF in partnership with Frontier and for additional infrastructure assistance through the California Public Utilities Commission.
  2. Public Infrastructure
    OCED staff submitted Letters of Commitment and Support to government agencies and senate hearings, including comments to the White House on the need for additional infrastructure and adoption funding. OCED staff met with assembly persons and attended hearings to advocate for additional funding through the California Advanced Services Fund.
  3. AgTech
    CED staff was involved in preliminary work with farmers to provide water sensor equipment utilizing broadband.
  4. Telemedicine/Telehealth
    OCED staff provided stakeholders with notices of funding opportunities.
  5. Regional Consortia Networking
    OCED staff collaborated, on an as needed basis, with regional consortia to promote access, adoption and agricultural technologies.
  6. FirstNet
    OCED staff joined the Schools, Hospitals, Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) in an effort to keep abreast of current issues.