Will FCC’s Connect America Fund transform these rural communities?

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By Patric Hedlund, TME

This month, on February 24 at 1 p.m., Pine Mountain residents are invited to a town hall meeting to learn why AT&T has been studying this region, why they want permission to build cell towers on PMCPOA land, and what the company’s plans may be.

Residents still joke about living in an electronic Appalachia. It was only four years ago (in 2014) that Verizon finally brought cell phone services to the area.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Bridging the digital divide is not a slogan to these rural Mountain Communities. It is a daily concern. So there has been high interest in…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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In a presentation to the Kern County Board of Supervisors on October 18, 2016, AT&T Senior Vice President Marc Blakeman said the company will build fixed wireless internet infrastructure.

AT&T’s map makes it clear that the entire Mountain Communities area qualifies as part of the FCC’s CAF Phase II region.

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This is part of the February 9, 2018 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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