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.
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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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Spiral’s Bright Fiber Network is Launched

Spiral is building a Gigabit 100% fiber optic Internet network in western Nevada County. We will be connecting homes and businesses — from an underground network to be located along the roads — all the way to the premise.

We are building in areas where Comcast and Suddenlink do not provide service, as the access speeds those companies currently deliver are considered satisfactory by the California Public Utilities Commission, and hence not fundable. That still leaves a lot of territory to cover.

We have divided western Nevada County into three phases. The cost of building the first phase is about to be funded, in part, by a California Public Utilities Commission grant. The matching amount is being raised by private funds, and we want to show our investors that households are really interested in our new ultra fast service. In fact, we want to show that for all three phases that we’ve mapped.

No worries, we absolutely plan to build the next two phases. All of this will take time — about 5-7 years overall. But remember, we’re building a network that will be scalable and useable for 100 years.

So, this is how you come in. We need you to show us that you’re interested in our new service by (1) filling out the form on our Crowd Fiber website, and finding out if you’re located in the project areas we mapped, and (2) then showing your interest by sending us your contact information.

If you’re outside our mapped areas, then let us know that you have a neighborhood of people who want in. We will absolutely respond to your request, and see how we can fit you in.

So there is no need to do anything now, except to say you’re “in”. And no obligation by doing that.

It’s that easy.

START by going to http://spiral.crowdfiber.com

If you have any questions, or want to jump right in and be your neighborhood’s organizer, give us a call at (530) 478-9822.

We will be contacting businesses and neighborhood organizations in our phase one project area sometime in late summer 2015.

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