Help Spiral’s Funding Get Approval

After almost 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: John, Bax, Andy, Sandy, Barry, Ray and Michael

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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.

Sandy Jansen, our Neighborhood Coordinator, will be hosting informational meetings in your local community as we progress.

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, call Sandy at (530) 478-9822 extension 203 or contact her by email.

We will be contacting businesses in our phase one project area soon.

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The War to Curtail Faster Internet Access

As many new homeowners, and even business owners, have discovered recently, AT&T (our local incumbent telephone company) is dropping the ball big time when it comes to DSL service. Also, the telcos and the cable companies, Comcast in particular, are fighting gigabit fiber optic network construction across the country. They are loud, and can have clout.

Two articles appeared this week which reveal the war that is being waged in the name of profit. Customer service be damned.

The first one is on DSLReports.com and titled “AT&T Tries to Keep the Axing of Millions of DSL Users a Secret.” At Spiral Internet, we are finding that as home owners and businesses move out of locations which previously had access to DSL service, the new owner moves in and DSL access disappears. This is happening across western Nevada County at an alarming rate.

The second article is on ArsTechnica and titled “AT&T and Verizon say 10Mbps is too fast for ‘broadband,’ 4Mbps is enough.” It reports about the fight that is being waged with the FCC which is suggesting that we might actually need much faster service than the miserable 4Mbps downstream / 1 Mbps upstream speeds that are currently standard for describing a “broadband” connection.

The good news here in western Nevada County is that Spiral Internet‘s gigabit fiber optic project — which will bring symmetrical and wired Gigabit service to 2,900 households and 300 businesses to start — is finally on track to be funded later this year. And yes, just like Google is delivering to Kansas City, Austin and Provo; we are fulfilling the promise of 95959google here. Stay tuned, as we’ll be posting further information in the weeks to follow.

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