The Long Road to Building a Gigabit Fiber Optic Network

On February 1, 2013, Spiral Internet submitted a California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) grant application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to build a phase one $27.5M gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) project. We titled it the Nevada County Connected Project. Yes, just like what Google Fiber is doing in Kansas City, [...]

SmarterBroadband’s Project and NCC – A Comparison

TECHNOLOGY AND AMOUNT OF FUNDING

Yesterday, SmarterBroadband, a local Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) was awarded $2.5M in funding from the Department of Agriculture to extend their Motorola Canopy technology infrastructure here in Nevada County, designated as a “rural” area. 75% of that funding is a grant, directly to the business, and 25% is [...]

Update on Round 1 Results and Moving Into Round 2

Nevada County Connected received notice from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Department of Commerce that our application was not accepted for BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) funding. We had also simultaneously applied to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in the Department of Agriculture — because of our “rural” geographic status [...]