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City Manager’s Report September 3, 2019
 
Business Broadband Service Survey
 
The Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC), in cooperation with Upstate California Connect Consortium (UCCC) and the Geographic Information Center (GIC) of California State University, Chico, is working to develop a Lake County Master Broadband Plan. As part of this 
effort they have put together an online survey for local businesses. The City of Lakeport is cooperating by circulating the survey and encouraging participation.
 
This survey will help us assess current status of broadband (or high speed Internet) service availability and subscription for businesses, so we can determine and recommend to Internet ecosystem stakeholders (ISPs, local governments, regulators, business chambers, economic development organizations, among others) what types of improvements are needed to meet business demands in our region. Please complete a separate survey for each business.
 
 
CalSPEED, released by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), empowers end-users with a professional-level, industry-standard testing tool to measure the quality and speed of their residential fixed internet connection.
 
CalSPEED conducts a two-phase test including initial testing and results validation in order to ensure statistically significant measurements. Test your upload speed, download speed, message delay (latency), and message delay variation (jitter) using CalSPEED. The first two metrics measure your 
Internet usage experience, while the second two measure the voice quality of voice over IP technologies.  Results are uploaded to a public repository at CPUC to provide you with the ability to compare broadband coverage at your location with other areas in California.

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BROADBAND INTERNET SPEEDS
DESKTOP: To measure the speed you are receiving at your place of business or home. Download the CalSPEED application to your desktop by going to www.calspeed.org and clicking on “download” for either PC or Mac.  Run the speed test multiple times daily for best results.

MOBILE Testing: To measure speeds on your mobile device, download the application from either the Apple Store (iPhones)  or Google Play (for Android).
 
 
Abatement of Dry Vegetation Deemed Successful
 
In an effort to reduce the risk of wildland fires occurring within the community of Lakeport, staff from both the City of Lakeport and the Lakeport Fire Protection District worked closely this year to gain better compliance from local property owners to remove and abate dry vegetation from vacant 
and larger lots throughout the City.
 
Beginning the first week of May, the Lakeport Fire Protection District sent out a courtesy letter to several hundred property owners in the City, reminding them of the need to abate and control hazardous vegetation creating a fire hazard by the June 1 deadline. After that deadline, City staff performed on-site, citywide review and identified properties which had not abated vegetation.
 
Subsequent communication with property owners not in compliance has resulted in over 75% of those properties now being abated.  The City and the District are pleased to report this high level of cooperation and thank our residents and property owners for their responsible response and for 
preventing potential fire hazards in our community.
 
Reminders for year-round abatement of dry vegetation provided by the Lakeport Fire Protection District, (707) 263-4396, www.lakeportfire.com.
 
1)  Any property within 30 feet of any structure shall maintain a firebreak within 30 feet of the structure by removing and clearing away all brush and weeds. This does not apply to single specimens of trees, ornamental shrubbery or similar plants which are used as ground cover if they do not form a means of rapidly transmitting fire from the native growth to the building or structure.
 
2) Any property that is located 30 feet to 100 feet of any structure shall maintain on all that real property a firebreak by removing and clearing away all brush and weeds.

Kevin Ingram, Community Development Director
 
9-3-2019
We need your help!! 

Broadband (high-speed Internet access) is becoming increasingly vital to our local businesses and residents as being online has become an important part of our everyday lives. From keeping in touch with friends and family via social media and email, to online banking and on-demand television, being connected to Broadband provides a faster more convenient way to access a huge range of services. However, online services only benefit those that can access them and businesses report that slower connection speeds limit efficiency and productivity.

In response, the City of Lakeport is seeking information through this short survey to determine/define the Broadband needs of its businesses. Understanding demand for services may be useful information as we work to expand Broadband access in the community.
Your participation in this survey does not subscribe participants to new service or create any other obligations, nor does it guaranty that Broadband service will be made available to you or existing speeds will be improved.

 
We hope that all local  businesses will complete the survey to give us the best possible indication of areas of unmet need and increased demand.
 
Please encourage your friends, neighbors and colleagues to get involved.

This survey will help us assess current status of broadband (or high speed Internet) service availability and subscription for businesses, so we can determine and recommend to Internet ecosystem stakeholders (ISPs, local governments, regulators, business chambers, economic development organizations, among others) what types of improvements are needed to meet business demands in our region.
Please complete a separate survey for each business.

Thank you for helping us gather this important information. For more information please contact Alice Patterson at 530-518-3527 or ampatterson@csuchico.edu.