At 10:47am today, during the California Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Francisco, the Commission voted (4-1) to approve $16.7M in funding from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) for Spiral Internet’s Bright Fiber Network project in western Nevada County. The grant ($16.2M) and loan ($500k) will provide 60% funding for the project. The 40% balance of the budget will be funded by private investment.
Spiral Internet (as Bright Fiber Network, Inc.) submitted a CASF grant application on February 1, 2013 to build phase one of a gigabit fiber optic Internet network to be located along Hwy 174 and Dog Bar Road in the southeastern part of Nevada County.
Phase one will provide gigabit (1,000 megabits per second) symmetrical Internet access speeds over a new 100% fiber optic network for 1,941 households. It will also serve businesses, schools, and public safety facilities within its 21 square mile imprint and along the route from the project area to its new network operations center located in the Nevada City Tech Center.
In San Francisco, Spiral CEO John Paul remarked that “Nevada County households are completely fed up with diminishing access to slow DSL service and fixed wireless providers that can only connect less than 10% of households due to high forestation and geography. Spiral’s Bright Fiber Network project will provide 21st century gigabit access to every household, business, school, healthcare facility, and public safety facility in our project areas.”
“In the end, the grant was really approved because of the incredible support from our community. Hundreds of emails and letters of support were sent to the Commissioners over the last few weeks. Key community leaders also traveled down to San Francisco and spoke publicly at an earlier CPUC Commission meeting.” John continued, “Since Spiral produced the 95959google event in March 2010, Nevada County told us loud and clear that reliable ultra-fast Internet access was essential here. We can finally deliver it.”
The state-of-the-art active ethernet network will be built all underground to each premise; providing sustainability and scalability for fifty to one hundred years into the future. It will be the first such network in rural northern California, and one of the few within California. Construction is expected to begin in late spring of 2016.
Nevada County residents are encouraged to map their location at www.spiral.com/fiber
as Spiral prepares for future phases of its network construction.