Paso Robles and Atascadero partnering to bring broadband access

April 30, 2022

Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin and Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno


The cities of Paso Robles and Atascadero are working together on a a plan to better align policy development and improve funding opportunities to bring broadband internet access to residents and businesses in both cities.

With internet access increasingly being referred to as the “fourth utility” behind water, gas and electricity, local communities are seeking ways to increase access to broadband
internet for their residents and businesses.

Some of the benefits include:

• Supporting learning in schools, libraries and homes
• Supporting job retention and creation
• Helping with business attraction, retention and growth
• Allowing residents and visitors to work remotely
• Making telemedicine possible
• Laying the groundwork for future Smart City infrastructure

Paso Robles was recently awarded a $2.8 million grant from the Economic Development Agency to improve broadband internet access by installing fiber optic cable throughout the city. Atascadero authorized $388,110 for the broadband enhancement project.

Partnering together will allow both cities to share costs associated with developing a broader regional strategic plan. A request for proposals, seeking a qualified consultant to develop the strategic plan, will be released as soon as possible.

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Today adequate broadband is wireless, very soon this fiber project will be a waste of taxpayers money. How many new homes install phone jacks throughout? I do it all via the HDMI input on my TV tethered to crappy cell service. Just wait until cell service improves and save your money for other government give away offers. There are others: do we fix our bridges and roads or do we rebuild the Ukraine?

Who is paying for all this? Look in the mirror.

Great job by both city leaders. Being proactive in helping develop local business access and future growth that will need this is a good thing. I look forward to seeing the fruits of their insight and commitment to expand this technology.

Watch, somehow Bruce Gibson will try and take credit for it.