Fiber Optic Infrastructure Construction Continues in Western Nevada County

The Central Valley Next-Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project has began boring and trenching during the past few weeks, as a large open access fiber optic cable is being brought into western Nevada County. CVIN (dba Vast Networks) is building this American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) funded 18-county project and reportedly hired a construction firm from Minnesota to do the work, as part of a bidding process.

The crew has been working its way down from Yuba County, up Peaceful Valley Road, then along Bitney Springs and Newtown Roads. In that part of Nevada County, Pleasant Valley School will be obtaining a 1 Gigabit per second (what is called a “gig”) connection from this project.

In the days, and weeks, ahead, the project’s construction will cross under Hwy 49 at Newtown, go up Indian Flat Road to the Rood Government Building. The Madelyn Helling Library will also get a “gig” connection. From there, construction will proceed through Nevada City, up past Nevada Union High School (another “gig” connection) and along Sierra College Blvd. to E. Main Street;  continuing through downtown Grass Valley. It will then head down McCourtney Road to Duggans Road and then Wolf Road to Hwy 49. At Hwy 49, a spur will provide another “gig” connection to Bear River High School, but the main project will continue down Hwy 49 into Placer County.

The entire infrastructure project extends from Hwy 5 in Colusa County in the north, south to Hwy 5 in Kern County (Bakersfield).

Note that this is, what is called, a “middle-mile” project. Consequently, there will be no connections to individual homes or businesses. However, the project is open access, so Spiral Internet will be building those last-mile 100% fiber optic connections. Stay tuned to this blog as we progress.

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39 comments to Fiber Optic Infrastructure Construction Continues in Western Nevada County

  • Iris Rose

    When will the noisy trucks cease roaring down Bitney Springs Rd? Can they refrain from using air brakes? Thought there was a ban on this in residential areas. No peace in THIS valley.

  • S.Covington

    Exciting! I can’t wait. I live just off of Mooney Flat and I have seen the construction near me. There are even some orange tubes sticking out of the ground nearby. I’m curious when it’ll be ready to use, because I’m dying to have access. Will services be available as the project continues, or does the whole system need to be completely installed first?

  • Just a heads up that this is a middle-mile infrastructure project, and will not be providing any direct service to homes or businesses. Spiral Internet is working on these “last-mile” connections. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

  • Progress does create a little noise. Luckily this will be a temporary inconvenience, but with an incredible opportunity for western Nevada County and your neighborhood in the long run. Stay tuned.

  • S.Covington

    Ah, ok! I had to look up “middle-mile” and “last-mile”. Makes a lot of sense. I’m glad to hear that a local internet company will be providing service. Though I would like to be able to have access to a TV/Internet/Phone bundle to save some money.

  • Roo Cantada

    When is this project going to include the San Juan ridge? We need “gigs” too!!

  • The fiber optic project that is being constructed now is an infrastructure project – what is called “middle-mile”, and is not connecting residences or businesses to the Internet – what is called “last-mile” connections. Spiral has mapped the Tyler Foote Road area and knows the dire need for much better Internet connections in that part of Nevada County. It is not part of Spiral’s phase one construction, but is definitely in our plans. You can help us by taking our Broadband Survey at http://www.spiralinternet.com/survey and encouraging your neighbors and friends on the ridge to do so too. Thanks!

  • Denis Simard

    Is there a current status update for the Hwy. 174 corridor?

  • Our grant application, before the CA Public Utilities Commission, is currently undergoing challenges from existing providers. If we make it through the overall grant process, and we have a few more “hurdles”, the grant would be approved at the CPUC Board’s meeting on July 26. This would put the Hwy 175 corridor in a late 2014 / early 2015 date for lighting up the fiber. Stay tuned Denis.

  • Kevin sims

    I live off of Highway 20 by Lake Wildwood and was wondering if there will be an internet provider of rain high speed internet from the fiber optics being put in that area

  • The fiber optic project that is laying cable on Hwy 20 near Lake Wildwood is a middle-mile infrastructure deployment by Vast Networks, a consortium of 8 rural telephone companies. So, no homes or businesses will be directly connected from this project. Spiral Internet has submitted a grant application to begin building a fiber to the premise project, and it is currently in review by the California Public Utilities Commission. More information to come soon.

  • bixrynn

    Why is Alta Sierra excluded from the project?

  • If you’re asking why Alta Sierra is excluded from Spiral’s fiber optic project area, then the reason is one word — Suddenlink, the cable provider there. We cannot obtain California Public Utilities Commission funding in areas that have a certain level of Internet access, and Suddenlink provides that in most of Alta Sierra.

  • Norman

    Is Squirrel creek rd going to be part of the “last-Mile” construction that spiral will be undergoing

  • Squirrel Creek Rd is not in an area that is part of the first phase project that is currently in a grant application process with the California Public Utilities Commission. Please take our online broadband survey, so we can make sure your area is included in future phases.

  • bixrynn

    Well that’s too bad about Alta Sierra because Suddenlink’s cable internet service is terrible at times and it relies on old coaxial cable to provide service. We frequently lose service when there’s a storm and to call for help you get someone in Texas. You can’t call the local office.

  • We at Spiral Internet fully understand the frustration with the cable companies, and their aging coaxial network. Help us help you by taking our broadband survey online. Suddenlink claims they offer 30 Mbps service to everyone in Alta Sierra. Is that not accurate?

  • Harvey Campbell

    I live in Lode Star and would like to know a time line for our area.

  • David Wong

    There was supposed to be some word in October about the progress of fiber on 174? Just checking. Thanks.

  • The grant application process with the California Public Utilities Commission has taken over nine months now. Of all the project grant applicants, we were the most challenged by incumbent providers. We have made it through those challenges intact, and should have approval before year’s end.

  • The grant application process with the California Public Utilities Commission has taken over nine months now. Of all the project grant applicants, we were the most challenged by incumbent providers. We have made it through those challenges intact, and should have approval before year’s end. Our project should start in early 2014, and we have two years to complete construction. We will host neighborhood meetings within the project area in the early part of 2014 to let everyone more details. Thanks for your patience.

  • Jason Green

    Will there be last mile service on the 20 in the Scotts Flat Rd. Area? I am currently paying $350/month for a T1 1.5mbps up/down connection!!!

  • We are looking at the Hwy 20 corridor to Washington for our next phase of construction. 2015-16 would be the time frame.

  • Frank Marshall

    The middle mile runs in front of our property from Indian Flat down Cement Hill. Is there a possibility of connecting directly to that? If so when and at what installation and monthly costs?

  • cameron kopf

    we are very disappointed at the time frame of 2015/2016 for the town of washington. at your “town meeting” you indicated mid-2014. any chance of speeding this up?

  • Thanks for your comment Cameron. We initially thought that we could apply for the Washington area under an October 2012 grant deadline for “unserved” areas, which would have enable mid-2014 connections. It turned out that the Washington area project wasn’t sustainable unto itself, which was a key part of what the California Public Utilities Commission requires. Consequently, we regrouped and applied for a phase one project in South County first in February 2013. That is about to be funded. With that in place, we plan to move forward with Washington as part of a phase two grant application. We will be keeping your community informed as we move along. We fully understand your disappointment. Our apologies for over extending promises.

  • Unfortunately, that pipeline is infrastructure and cannot be connected to directly by consumers. Spiral Internet is working on connecting your neighborhood to our fiber optic network. We’ll have more news as the year progresses. Take our survey at http://www.spiralinternet.com/survey so we can correspond with you about our project’s progress. Thanks.

  • David Wong

    Thanks again for all your work on this. Do you think N. Meadow View Dr. (3 driveways from 174) will see connection in 2014?

  • Thanks David. Your address is within the first phase project area, but will most likely see connections mid-2015.

  • J. Kerr

    Will the Smartsville area be involved in the Last Mile phase? Wild Turkey Lane/Voyager Way?

  • Marjorie Hill

    Hello, I am excited. I live on Bubbling Wells rd. 1,000 ft. Off Brunswick road. I am wondering if or when I will be able to have high speed, get about 2.2m now.but upload is extremely slow. Thanks for your efforts.

  • Justin Spaulding

    Do you think Rincon way / Hidden Ranch Rd , will see connection in 2014?

  • Joseph

    What phase will the Upper/Lower Wild Turkey and Lombardi Streets of Smartsville fall into?

  • Smartsville will not be in our phase one construction. But, it is in our future phase plans. We’ll have more information in the next few months. If you haven’t already, please take our survey at http://www.spiralinternet.com/survey

    Thanks,
    John

  • Bubbling Wells Road borders our first phase project area (but is not within the funding area because of the proximity to Comcast service). It would help us if you and your neighbors would take our online survey at http://www.spiralinternet.com/survey

    Then we might be able to include your road during that initial construction.

    Thanks,
    John

  • Rincon Way / Hidden Ranch Road will not be in our phase one construction. But, it is in our future phase plans. We’ll have more information in the next few months. If you haven’t already, please take our survey at http://www.spiralinternet.com/survey

    Thanks,
    John

  • Your area will not be in our phase one construction. But, it is in our future phase plans. We’ll have more information in the next few months. If you haven’t already, please take our survey (and ask that your neighbors do the same) at http://www.spiralinternet.com/survey

    If you would prefer, call us at 478-9822 and we can send out paper surveys to return by mail.

    Thanks,
    John

  • David Wong

    You had mentioned that you will be hosting neighborhood meetings to update us on the fiber connection progress. Do you have any meetings that will be scheduled for this.

    Thanks,
    David

  • Yes, there will be community meetings. Given where we are at in the grant approval process, expect them after the summer months.

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