Santa Cruz Sentinel – Cruzio to Provide Internet Connectivity for Students

Amidst the pandemic, smoke, power outages, and economic insecurity, the school year has started in Santa Cruz County with distance learning. Aptos Junior High student Mahia Aguilar had to go to a park nearby her home to connect to the internet. The park was busy and distracting, the internet was spotty, and frankly, she confessed, sometimes it was scary.

Mahia is just one of the children in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District where about 30% of families did not have home internet at the beginning of the pandemic, despite the fact that all students in PVUSD were equipped with Chromebooks. These are families that struggle financially even in the best of times, prioritizing food and rent over another service bill. Teachers are reporting that students without home internet just seem to “disappear.” These students, who already face so many obstacles to their education, are going to be further left behind.

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Good Times – Internet Company and Educators Work to Bridge Digital Divide

BY TODD GUILD

A team of local educators is teaming up with a Santa Cruz internet provider to bridge the digital divide and bring broadband service to families who have been unable to access it.

The Equal Access Santa Cruz County (EASCC) fund is a way to bring internet access to the estimated 15,745 students in Santa Cruz County who do not have it.

That high number gives the county a C- on the California Broadband Infrastructure Report Card, according to the Central Coast Broadband Consortium.

EASCC is a project of Cruzio Internet, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE), Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

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Santa Cruz Tech Beat – Cruzio & Community Foundation Team Up to Bridge Digital Divide in Santa Cruz County

BY SARA ISENBERG

Local internet provider Cruzio and Community Foundation Santa Cruz County lead local action to increase opportunity and access to education

This week marks the official launch of the Equal Access Santa Cruz County fund, spearheaded by Cruzio Internet with a simple goal: bridge the digital divide and bring true high-speed broadband to every family in Santa Cruz County, regardless of income level.

The state of California estimates that 21% of students (1.2 million) are unconnected to the internet and 71% of those students are Black and Latinx. Santa Cruz County, an area where many people are prosperous, has seen 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 and almost 16,000 households don’t have access to adequate internet. Even where broadband is available, low income families in our area are struggling.

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Santa Cruz Works – Equal Access Seeks to Bridge Digital Divide

Local internet provider Cruzio and Community Foundation Santa Cruz County lead local action to increase opportunity and access to education

This week marks the official launch of the Equal Access Santa Cruz County fund, spearheaded by Cruzio Internet with a simple goal: bridge the digital divide and bring true high-speed broadband to every family in Santa Cruz County, regardless of income level.

The state of California estimates that 21% of students (1.2 million) are unconnected to the internet and 71% of those students are Black and Latinx. Santa Cruz County, an area where many people are prosperous, has seen 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 and almost 16,000 households don’t have access to adequate internet. Even where broadband is available, low income families in our area are struggling. Their priorities are food and rent, and they require the internet services they need to be free or very low cost.

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Cruzio Internet, Equal Access Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education

August 11, 2020 • Cruzio Internet

We’re working, but not many of us are in our building

Equal Access Santa Cruz has a simple goal: to bridge the digital divide and bring true high-speed broadband to every family in the Santa Cruz community, regardless of income level. The project is spearheaded by Cruzio Internet, one of the country’s oldest independent ISPs and a trusted partner in the Santa Cruz community for over 30 years.

When the current health crisis hit our county, our education system was an immediate area of major concern. it was obvious that the need for high-quality broadband had never been higher, and that low-income families would be the hardest hit.

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Evacuated? Cruzio Is Supplying Free WiFi

August 25, 2020 • Cruzio Internet

For folks who’ve been displaced and need to connect to the internet, Cruzio has set up several public wifi spots outdoors which you can access in your car or while social distancing. This internet is very fast and it’s free of charge. There’s no password.

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Cruzio CEO Message: People Need Way More Internet

April 30, 2020 • Cruzio Internet

Cruzio thought we might have less activity during shelter-in-place, but we were wrong.

School kids need more internet

Children who used to access the internet from their school or library don’t have access there any more. So Cruzio has added a considerable number of donated accounts to our work. We’re collaborating with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE) to get internet connections to low-income families who need to get their kids online.

If children can’t access the internet, they may fall behind in school, and we can’t let that happen.

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Equal Access Santa Cruz Wins Big

January 7, 2020 • Cruzio Internet

Let us know if you live in one of these neighborhoods! We’ll include you in our plans.

Cruzio Wins a Grant

On December 5th Cruzio was awarded a $2.45 Million broadband grant from the California Advanced Services Fund to build high-speed fiber optic internet connectivity to seven under-served mobile home parks in the Capitola area.

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Mid-County Fiber Opposed by Big Telecom

July 9, 2019 • Cruzio Internet

Many of our local government administrators and elected officials have expressed support from Cruzio’s big goal: to make sure all of Santa Cruz County has world class internet at a reasonable price.

Cruzio is trying to push that goal forward. Here’s an open letter to our representatives with the latest news. Please read it and share!

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A Micro-ISP In The Mountains

June 12, 2019 • Broadband Community Magazine

If anyone in the world is qualified to run an ISP, it’s Kenneth Adelman. How many people, when asked by tech support staff if they know how to run a traceroute, can answer, “Look at the traceroute source code – it has my name in it”? Adelman co-founded two internet software companies in the 1990s, sold them and retired in his 30s to devote himself to artistic, athletic and environmental pursuits. Now, in addition, he runs a small ISP in his spare time.

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