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CPUC SEEKS HELP FROM PUBLIC

The California Public Utilities Commission is seeking help from residents as it tries to get a more accurate picture of what areas do not benefit from deployment of high-speed Internet.

Using an interactive map at www.broadbandmap.ca.gov or printable Broadband Availability Public Feedback surveys at www.cpuc.ca.gov, residents can help validate or invalidate Internet providers' advertised service claims by reporting what type of service they have and what speeds and by providing a host of other information.

The CPUC is tasked with aiding deployment of high-speed Internet to at least 98 percent of California households by 2020 and is seeking input to ensure accuracy of data and mapping.

CPUC representatives urge those in underserved areas to report to the CPUC every six months, the same frequency with which Internet providers report updated information about their service areas.

More information is available at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Projects/Access-Sonoma-Broadband/ or www.mendocinobroadband.org.

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