About The Project
Equal Access Santa Cruz County has a simple goal: bridge the digital divide and bring true high-speed broadband to every family in the Santa Cruz community, regardless of income level.
Cruzio Internet and the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County have teamed up to generate funding for our work to bridge the digital divide and get fast, dependable, and affordable internet to families in need.
Education is an integral part of ensuring a bright future for individual students and the broader community alike. All your donations will stay in the community and help local people in the following groups:
• Low-income individuals and families
• K-12 students
• Teachers and teacher’s families
Disparity – In a time when so much of daily life is taking place online, a reliable internet connection is a necessity, not a luxury, but nationally and locally, there are shocking disparities in access to the internet.
Santa Cruz County – while a place where many people thrive – has been a place of persistent gaps in educational opportunity. According to the Central Coast Broadband Consortium, Santa Cruz is graded a C- on its California Broadband Infrastructure Report Card. As the state data shows, below average infrastructure impacts low-income families and people of color the most.
You can contribute to the success of this project (and get a charitable income-tax deduction) by donating to the “Equal Access Santa Cruz County Fund” at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County (EIN 94-2808039). The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
You may donate online at www.cfscc.org/equalaccess or mail checks payable to:
CFSCC – Equal Access Santa Cruz County
7807 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
or contribute appreciated stock by using the downloadable form you’ll find at http://craft-cfscc-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/Stock-Transfer-Instructions.pdf.
If you’re already a Cruzio customer, you can setup a recurring donation which will be added to your monthly bill here.
However you chose to give, you will personally help make Equal Access a reality in Santa Cruz County. Thank you for helping us bridge the digital divide.
For Park Residents
How Your Donation Helps
Our year-one donation target of $250,000 will be used to service these goals in the following ways:
Supporting service to families in need
There are many areas of Santa Cruz County where broadband is available, but
families living there can’t afford the high cost of reliable service. In a continuation of
our current Cruzio Home Internet Access Program, with the donations we receive,
we aim to serve 250 by the end of the first year of the project.
Building new broadband infrastructure
Working families are sometimes situated in low-income areas where housing is
more affordable but adequate internet is simply not available. Funds donated to
EASC will be used to pay for the costs to build new wireless infrastructure in these
areas. Our goal is to install 5 new sites, which will serve up to 500 families in total
in the first year of this project.
Since not every home can quickly get the internet access needed, we began setting
up “internet drive-ins” at the start of the COVID19 pandemic. These are located at
schools and in public parking lots around the county. Each location provides high-
capacity wifi that can serve many people simultaneously from their cars. Donations
to EASC will help fund more of these builds as locations become available to us.
877 Cedar Street, #150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Send Us a Message
If you have absolutely any questions about this project, or you’d like to talk about getting better broadband to your community, drop us a line.
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