On March 17th, 2016 the McKenzie Action Team hosted a meeting at the Leaburg Training Center to share information from a recent Rural Broadband Conference convened by the Oregon Rural Development Council in Bend during February 2016. At the conference, local residents learned about many opportunities to improve broadband coverage in the McKenzie River Valley. One program already in the early planning stages is through CenturyLink and the Connect America Fund. Final eligible areas can be viewed on this map.
The powerpoint shared at the meeting can be viewed here.
A goal of the meeting was to find community members interested in helping with this effort. While the Connect America program will assist some locations, it will not be a solution for everyone. We intend to hold a meeting in the coming months to get folks together, form a committee and identify additional programs and grants the community would like to pursue. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.