Inland mobile home parks awarded $4 million for broadband access

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Mobile home parks in San Bernardino and Riverside counties were awarded more than $4 million in grants by the California Public Utilities Commission, which will provide access to technology for residents.

Charter Communications applied for the California Advances Services Fund Infrastructure Grants to bring broadband service to underserved communities. 

“Technology helps move communities forward so we are excited that our residents who need Internet access the most will soon be connected,” said Curt Hagman, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “No community should be left behind in our county when it comes to technology, which is essential to compete in our world today. Closing the digital divide improves access to emergency services, expands economic opportunities and bridges the economic divide.”

“Now more than ever, we’ve seen how access to the internet allows residents to connect with businesses, schools and loved ones. It’s a necessity,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Bringing the internet to underserved communities will significantly support the basic activities in our residents’ lives. I look forward to more opportunities to broaden this effort and reduce the digital divide.”

The four Inland projects that received grant approval are:
* Country Meadows Mobile Home Park in Ontario – $2,120,390 
* Monterey Mobile Home Village in Montclair – $784,322 
* Villa Montclair Mobile Home Park in Montclair – $543,529 
* Soboba Springs Mobile Estates in San Jacinto – $907,817.

The approved projects will enable broadband access at speeds of up to 940 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 35 Mpbs upload to 661 households. These households currently are unserved with no facilities-based wireline or fixed wireless broadband service providers. The projects are expected to be completed over the next year.

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