Digital Redwoods is an award winning initiative of Access Humboldt (AH), endorsed unanimously by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and other local governments in the region, with support of Redwood Coast Rural Action (RCRA) and other organizations forming a regional network of community leaders, public and private sector, focused on getting all communities in the North Coast region (including Humboldt, and adjacent tribal lands) connected to high speed broadband.
Digital Redwoods was recognized by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) with a Community Broadband Award for 2009 Community Broadband Wireless Network of the Year. The project also develops and operates dedicated fiber optic and wireless network assets for public, education and government purposes.
In 2010, with support from Headwaters Fund, Digital Redwoods’ parent organization Access Humboldt helped to develop broadband stimulus applications for ARRA funding through the US Department of Agriculture (RUS) for HoopaNet last mile service in Hoopa Valley and Orleans, and through the US Department of Commerce (NTIA) for the Humboldt Community Access Network (HCAN) to build new public benefit broadband network connections for the least served communities of Humboldt County – including community anchors for public safety, health, education and civic engagement, with interconnection to Yurok Tribe’s developing network to connect Klamath River communities with Del Norte County up the Coast. HCAN project is also seeking match funding from the California Advanced Services Fund, administered by the California Public Utilities Commission.