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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:28 PM

From this story:
 

The Golden Bear project represented critical investment in geographically remote, rugged and sparsely populated areas left behind by the digital age because of their limited financial appeal to established commercial carriers.

 

And yet, some of those major carriers helped scuttle the plan, which was contingent on a $119 million state grant, by challenging the need for new fiber optic routes where Golden Bear proposed to build them....

 

The coast plan also included up to 33 fiber-fed wireless towers extending service beyond the main fiber optic routes, as well as connections to 50 so-called anchor institutions such as schools, libraries and health delivery facilities....

 

Seven entities challenged the grant application Golden Bear submitted last year to the California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC — many of them the same carriers that counties and regional groups had approached to help extend service in the first place, said Cathy Emerson, manager for two of the north state consortia involved....

 

It's a long article and so far the discussion by readers is civil. and together with the article, explains various views.

 

The original news release on the Golden Bear project was as follows:
 

REDDING, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Native Business Enterprises (NBE) and Siskiyou Telephone Company have joined forces to form Golden Bear Broadband (GBB LLC) to implement a comprehensive fiber-based broadband capability across 16 rural Northern California counties, the Northern California Regional Middle-Mile Infrastructure (NCRMMI).

 

GBB LLC will use the NCRMMI plan, developed over the past year by the Northeastern and Upstate California Connect Consortia, to secure the capital funds to implement a robust, comprehensive, cohesive, and diverse broadband capability across Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, and Yolo counties. Once implemented, GBB LLC will manage and operate NCRMMI to serve the 1.634 million Californians in this region of the State for the next several decades.

 

The NCRMMI has been designed to serve three primary purposes. First, NCRMMI will be a robust and redundant backhaul infrastructure that is needed throughout Northern California, but which does not currently exist. NCRMMI is needed to provide the quantity and quality of services to businesses, government entities, residential customers, anchor institutions (schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and public safety agencies), Native American communities, and other customers throughout these 16 counties.

 

Second, NCRMMI has been designed to provide one or more major interconnection points in each county which will link to countywide backbone system infrastructures and through them, to last-mile infrastructures in communities. The Northeastern and Upstate California Connect Consortia have developed conceptual designs for a countywide backbone system for each of the 16 counties.

 

With NCRMMI in place, users will have diverse access to communications resources and capabilities throughout the state, the nation, and the world at broadband speeds that exceed the standards set by the state and nation as necessary for full participation in our 21st century technological society. Thanks to the infrastructure fiber-optic base, these speeds will be easily increased as these standards increase.

 

Third, NCRMMI has been designed to ensure potentially more than 90 major anchor sites have fiber connectivity directly to NCRMMI, or to individual countywide backbone systems that connect to NCRMMI.

 

In essence, NCRMMI has been designed to be more than just a “regional middle-mile” infrastructure. It is the foundation to providing broadband services to this region of California.

 

The plan was good. Basically the Big Two in California killed it - ATT and Comcast.

 

You can read more about the effort in my area on the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County website.

 

In the meantime, one of the biggest and wealthiest players in super high speed internet based in California, Google. is busy wiring urban areas across the US where high speed service is already available and the profits are high. Gee, it's great to live in the State where Silicon Valley is located.


Edited by phrelin, 04 March 2014 - 12:33 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   Drucifer

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:48 PM

It does look like the speed of the Internet is going to be a new dividing line for Americans unless the government steps in and set some type of requirement for companies that only want to connect hi-speed only to dense areas with if want the easy dense areas, you must also do the non-dense areas.


Edited by Drucifer, 04 March 2014 - 05:49 PM.

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