Starlink Based Wireless Deployment

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Information Technology (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The San Bernardino County Regional Park in Yucaipa offers fishing from 3 lakes, a popular swim complex with dual water slides surrounded by sandy beach areas, tent camping, and RV camping. The park location is in an area where cellular coverage and commercial high-speed internet services are generally not available. The lack of Internet and cellular coverage presented multiple problems for the park to provide services to patrons. Due to the lack of infrastructure and the high cost to install the necessary infrastructure to support a fixed internet circuit, the County had to look for creative solutions to bring internet access to staff and park guests. For this solution, the County opted for an agile satellite-based offering from Starlink. The primary focus of this program is to provide Internet services for guests to stay in touch with others through cellular calling over Wi-Fi while not accruing roaming data charges or dropped cellular service. The secondary focus is to provide Park staff with reliable network connectivity to County resources over a secure tunnel for record keeping and data entry as one was not available.