Spiral Internet’s Gigabit Project Funding Goes to Vote and Needs Your Help

On December 3, 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on Spiral Internet’s (as Bright Fiber Network) gigabit fiber optic Internet network project. We have worked long and hard for almost three years to obtain this funding. Now in this one final push, we need your help.

The network will have an extremely positive impact on our economy, jobs, education, and quality of life. It will enable young people to stay here to work, and bring young families to our community. The best part: it will be operated by a local provider who understands the frustration of existing Internet access speeds and the big providers, and is open to community input and feedback.

We need you to send out emails of support as follows:

(1) What to write (please feel free to write this in your own words):

SUBJECT: Support for Resolution T-17495 Bright Fiber Network

As a resident ( — or business owner, student, realtor, etc. — ) in rural Nevada County, I ask that you vote in favor of Resolution T-17495, which will appear on the December 3 CPUC Commission agenda and approve California Advanced Services Fund monies for Bright Fiber Network’s gigabit fiber to the premise project.

This project will provide sustainable and fast Internet service to areas in our county that currently rely on slow and sometimes intermittent access from existing providers. Our K-12 and college students will benefit from at-home speeds that will enable them to complete online homework, research and reports. Additionally, telecommuters and home-based businesses will be positively impacted by the project’s reliable and fast access.

( — You can add a comment here about why you specifically want this project funded, or how slow Internet connections affect you personally. — )

Your Name
City, State

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2) Whom to email your letters of support to:

Send five separate emails to the following Commissioners, with copies to their Telecommunications Advisor.

President Michael Picker <michael.picker@cpuc.ca.gov>
cc: Liz Podolinsky, Telecommunications Advisor <pod@cpuc.ca.gov>

Commissioner Mike Florio <mike.florio@cpuc.ca.gov>
cc: Jessica Hecht, Telecommunications Advisor <jessica.hecht@cpuc.ca.gov>

Commissioner Catherine Sandoval <catherine.sandoval@cpuc.ca.gov>
cc: Bill Johnston, Telecommunications Advisor <william.johnston@cpuc.ca.gov>

Commissioner Carla Peterman <carla.peterman@cpuc.ca.gov>
cc: John Reynolds, Telecommunications Advisor <john.reynolds@cpuc.ca.gov>

Commissioner Liane Randolph <liane.randolph@cpuc.ca.gov>
cc: Lester Wong, Telecommunications Advisor <lester.wong@cpuc.ca.gov>

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Thank you for your help and patience over the years. 2016 is going to be awesome, as we begin lighting up the network!

John Paul, CEO
Spiral Internet / Bright Fiber Network, Inc.

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67 comments to Spiral Internet’s Gigabit Project Funding Goes to Vote and Needs Your Help

  • John

    We also sent the 5 emails and are ready for the fiber. Been worth waiting for .

  • Once the project gets rolling, we’ll have community meetings, then schedules posted here to let neighborhoods know when to expect construction. Thanks, John.

  • Thanks so much for your support. John

  • Mike Koziewicz

    Unfortunately, my property off of Quaker Hill Cross and is not in one of the zones. However, I did email all 5 commissioners asking for their support. Lets expand the zones!

  • Mike. Thanks for sending the emails. Please map your location at http://www.spiral.com/fiber as the zones are not set in stone. If we see neighborhoods outside the zones that want in, we will add them prior to requesting funding. John

  • Mitch

    Indeed I am served by Comcast. But I’d rather have fiber!

  • Kipchoge

    I, too, sent the emails. What’s not clear to me is whether there’s any opposition to this or any reason the CPUC might not vote Yes? In which case, I’d like to know if there’s more we can do?

  • Dan

    Our property is just outside the planned construction areas just off hwy 49 below Alta Sierra, but I’ve sent the five emails as suggested. Definitely want to see this happen, and hopefully we’ll be included at some point.

    Thanks to everyone for their efforts. This is a very worthwhile project.

    Dan Kalt

  • Sue & Stu M.

    Five emails sent out with a whole section on how having fiber optic internet will help my photography business. Thanks for all you are doing to make fiber happen!

  • Thanks so much Sue. Clearly those emails helped our funding approval yesterday. John

  • Thanks Dan. We hope to continue to expand from our Zone A (Phase 1) project area. Stay tuned. John

  • There was opposition to our funding, that is why it took 2 years and 10 months to get approved. It was approved yesterday, Dec 3, and we’re moving forward. Thanks for sending the emails, as community support was key to the approval in the end. John

  • We fully understand that Mitch. And it is in our plan to build into those areas later in the construction process. Stay tuned. John

  • Jim Stewart

    I’m on East Bennett Road and a neighbor told me that we’ve been excluded because Comcast claims they service us. They don’t. I’ve called several times to get a hookup and they won’t connect us, but also won’t admit that they don’t have service out here. Tired of the runaround and I’m a strong supporter of local-owned fiber.

    Several of my neighbors are interested. Let me know what I can do.

  • TJ Ferreira

    Just curious now that spring is here, has the building of this Fiber started? Lines being laid? Just curious if the actual process has now started? Thanks, TJ

  • Hi TJ. We’re in the middle of environmental assessment right now, which should be completed at the end of the month. We plan to break ground this summer. Stay tuned as we’ll have construction schedules and project progress more regularly posted on this blog. John

  • Hi Jim. We’re about to do a mailing into the contested neighborhoods to prove that Comcast does not provide service. Nick Katzman is our Neighborhood Coordinator. He’ll be in touch with you soon. East Bennett is clearly unserved. So no worries. John

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