Climate Change and Digital Connectivity for Northern California Tribes

Blue Lake, CA – It is estimated that 1.4 million residences in California do not have access to broadband, of those many are in Rural Northern California. A map published by the California Emerging Technologies Fund shows that 20% of Humboldt county residence do not have broadband access, while 17% have 1 Megabits per second (Mbps) connectivity, and 62% of the county has 5 Mbps or slower connections. Dial-up speeds and high Internet latency has contributed to the chronic digital divide across rural and tribal communities nationwide.