On Tuesday, the city of Paso Robles received a grant of $ 2.8 million to install fiber optic cable to expand broadband access and increase reliability in the city.
The announcement comes from US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and the award comes from the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce.
Representative Salud Carbajal applauded US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo’s announcement as the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). This EDA project will be matched with $ 707,489 in local funds.
The project will support the economic ability of small businesses to operate more efficiently and will consist of the installation of approximately 11,500 feet of new fiber optic cable in the city’s existing 2-inch underground conduit, and the installation of approximately 52,500 feet of new fiber optic cable in a new 2 inch underground conduit.
âMillions of rural Americans are held back by slow broadband or a complete lack of access, and my district is no exception. Reliable broadband helps our economy grow, expands access to health opportunities and e-learning and improves quality of life â. said Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24).
It is estimated that the project will create 90 new jobs and, when completed, create additional job opportunities.
âThe City of Paso Robles is grateful and excited about this grant. Expanding broadband access is vital to our community fabric, essential for education and an important tool for economic development, âsaid Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin.