New Internet Service Provider Proposed For Gilroy, South County

By Tony Hicks, Bay City News Service

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will explore creating a municipally-owned internet service provider for underserved county residents.

Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Susan Ellenberg propose the county operates the ISP alone or with other local government partners. The service would offer affordable, reliable high-speed broadband service to underserved areas primarily in East San Jose and South Santa Clara County.

The county would explore making the service available to the more than 680,000 residents and small businesses that currently only have one provider as an option for high-speed internet.

The supervisors said in a statement released Sunday more than 73,000 Santa Clara County residents and businesses do not have internet access at the speeds necessary for reliable Zoom calls, virtual classrooms, telehealth appointments or many other functions.

Chavez and Ellenberg will discuss their proposal at a news conference at noon Monday outside San Antonio Elementary School, at 1721 E. San Antonio St., in San Jose.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meets virtually at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting can be accessed at https://sccgov-org.zoom.us/j/91575966226.


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