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California mountain community requests $759K for FTTH

by Steve Blum • , , , ,

A fiber to the home project in the Tahoe Basin in eastern Placer County has been proposed for a construction subsidy from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF). Submitted by Inyo Networks – one of the companies involved in the Digital 395 network in eastern California – the grant application asks for $759,000, which is 70% of the total $1.1 million project cost…

The proposed Alpine Peaks Broadband Project will serve a designated “Priority Area” community in the Upper Ward Canyon area of eastern Placer County. Representatives of the community have been unsuccessful in efforts to get the Incumbent telephone and cable companies serving the surrounding areas to extend broadband services into the community of 95 households.

The project proposes a Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Last Mile network…This technology will replace a 1973 vintage direct buried coaxial network that has deteriorated to such an extent that it has been rendered inoperable and thus has been abandoned.

Initially, the network will support symmetrical 1 Gbps broadband service, as well as voice and video, and could be upgraded to 10 Gbps in the future.

A total of 23 projects were either held over from the last round of CASF project applications or proposed in the current round, which began last December. At that point, there was something like $160 million available to be spent on building broadband infrastructure in California. One – ViaSat’s massive satellite terminal deployment – was rejected. Four projects totalling $5.8 million have been approved; the remaining 18 proposals are asking for a total of $161 million – about $7 million more than is in the kitty.

Tellus Venture Associates assisted the Tahoe broadband consortium’s development of the Alpine Peaks project. I’m not a disinterested commentator. Take it for what it’s worth.

Trans Sierra project proposes to bridge a mountain broadband gap

by Steve Blum • , , , , ,

Inyo Networks – one of the companies behind the Digital 395 network that serves the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada – is asking the California Public Utilities Commission for a $3.7 million subsidy to build access nodes along an existing fiber route that runs between Reno and Sacramento, more or less down the I-80 corridor, and includes a spur that connects the system to the Tahoe basin. The project was developed with considerable help from the Tahoe area’s broadband consortium. It’s the second application the company has submitted recently for a grant from California Advanced Services Fund – the first was for fiber-to-the-home service in Inyo County.

The Trans-Sierra proposal is primarily a middle mile project, but it also includes last mile, fiber-to-the-home service in two small communities – Nyack and Emigrant Gap – along the way. It would connect the Reno end of the Digital 395 system to major Internet exchange points in Sacramento, and make it possible to cross-connect to the Central Valley Independent Network, another CASF-subsidised (and federal stimulus program-subsidised) middle mile project that runs north and south through the foothills on the western side of the Sierra.

According to the project summary…

The proposed technology solution selected for the interoffice transport network is a series of four optical packet transport nodes located along the route at Sacramento, Auburn, Truckee and Reno. Capable of supporting multiple 100 Gb. wavelengths, the transport nodes will be equipped with reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADM) that will provide access for OTN level interconnection switching to other middle mile networks and local distribution facilities. In addition, at the Truckee and Auburn nodes, Ethernet interfaces in 1 and 10 Gb capacity increments will support five, fiber fed, pico node cabinets that are proposed for Applegate, Weimar, Nyack, Colfax, and Alta. Those pico node cabinets will act as interconnection points for local service provider last mile distribution facilities.

Total cost is pegged at $6.1 million; the ask is for a 60% subsidy.

Tellus Venture Associates is assisting Inyo Networks with this project, on behalf of the CPUC-funded Tahoe Basin broadband consortium. I am not a disinterested commentator. Take it for what it’s worth.