Fiber Optic Project Awarded “Telephone Utility” Status

On May 7, the California Public Utilities Commission Board voted unanimously to approve a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the building of western Nevada County’s gigabit fiber optic Internet network. Most importantly, this “telephone utility” status gives us “access to public rights of way in California”. This certification was critical in obtaining as simplifies the installation of our fiber optic infrastructure in the same way afforded AT&T, Comcast and PG&E. In the absence of an “Internet utility” status in California, this telecommunications designation is key. Essentially, a big win for Nevada County. Stay tuned.

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Spiral Internet Celebrates 9th Anniversary

It was on May 1, 2006 when Nevada County Community Network (NCCN) turned over the reigns to Chip and myself. It was a technologically bumpy ride for the first few days as — unbeknown to us — the NCCN dial-up access numbers were shut off over that initial weekend before we could alert the customers about the new call in numbers. Then the phone answering system we inherited from NCCN, just up and died. Calls were literally coming in every minute from irate costumers. Talk about initiation by fire.

From day one, Chip and I knew that we had to bring much faster Internet service throughout western Nevada County. It took a while to find the best path to make that happen. There is no question that Google Fiber inspired us. On this Thursday, our application to become a “telephone utility” is on the agenda to be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission Board. This will provide us with the rights of way that utilities such as AT&T and PG&E have, so we can build our Gigabit 100% fiber optic network. And very soon, our Phase 1 California Advanced Services Fund grant application will also be approved.

By the time of Spiral’s 10th Anniversary, a good number of our Phase 1 customers will be enjoying the use of symmetrical Gigabit speeds on our new fiber optic network. To say that I’m getting excited would be an understatement.

If you haven’t already, watch our “It Starts With Light” video.

John Paul, CEO, Spiral

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Help Spiral’s Funding Get Approval

After over two years since our grant application submittal to the California Public Utilities Commission, we are about to receive approval by the Board. Letters of support from you, your organization or your company will actually help at this point. In fact a deluge of letters would be impressive; showing our urban Commission how much rural Nevada County truly needs much faster Internet speeds.

A letter mailed to each of the five Commissioners will make a huge impact. Note that Spiral’s project was submitted under the Bright Fiber Network LLC business name (for investment purposes). The name of the grant application project is Nevada County Connected.

You can download a Word document or a Text (.rtf) document with the sample letters and addresses.
DOWNLOAD Word document
DOWNLOAD Text RTF document

To save postage, you can mail all five letters in the same envelope addressed to:

CPUC Board Members
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco CA 94102-3214

Thank you for your support,
The Spiral team.

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