The East Bay Broadband Consortium (EBBC) is an East Bay regional initiative organized to improve broadband deployment, access, and adoption in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties through a collaborative regional approach.
Broadband – high speed Internet – is a critical 21st century infrastructure that is a key enabling technology for:
- Economic competitiveness
- Public health and safety
- Sustainable Communities
- The Smart Grid
- Access to information and services delivered through broadband applications and technologies
Basic digital literacy skills are essential to virtually every aspect of the 21st century economy. Yet infrastructure and access gaps are present in the East Bay, resulting in a persistent “Digital Divide.”
EBBC was formed to close these gaps and advance the region as a center of innovation for advanced communications technologies, leveraging the region’s deep knowledge assets aimed at increasing:
- The region’s broadband infrastructure investments (public and privately financed).
- Affordable access to broadband technologies.
- Wide adoption of broadband to acquire the benefits of these technologies.
The EBBC vision is to make the three-county East Bay one of the nation’s leading broadband enabled region in the nation.
The East Bay Broadband Consortium
EBBC was organized by three East Bay economic development organizations – the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA), the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, and the Solano Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund and support from the East Bay Community Foundation and the Lesher Foundation.
The East Bay Community Foundation, East Bay EDA, Contra Costa Economic Partnership, and Solano EDC serve as the Consortium Steering Committee, with the Partnership serving as the fiscal agent and Sustainable Systems as lead consultant.
In January 2012, EBBC was awarded a three year grant from the California Public Utilities Commission to implement the EBBC Action Plan. In September 2016, EBBC received a follow on three year grant.
East Bay Broadband Consortium Quarterly Activity Reports