Highspeed Rural Fiber Optic Broadband
We have 6 connections working, hundreds more to come!
Update: We now have 6 connections working really well in less than 12 months from receiving the grant agreement from The County of Nevada! We are now working on connecting the next nearest homes, and will soon be starting in the Oak Ridge & Lolas Echo area. We have an operation fiber-optic network in our local community!!
On May 4th 2020 I applied for a California Public Utilities Grant (CASF) for an additional 50 homes to connect Buckeye Rd Community and Banner Lava Cap Rd Community. The grant is still pending and I am hopeful that it will soon be approved.
Nevada County Fiber has be awarded a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPCN) which allows us to utilize public right of ways and access to poles should the need arise.
I am 100% dedicated to building this network in our community, and as you realize it takes a lot of time and effort to get the ball rolling!
The service will start with 50Mbs download and upload and expand to 1Gbps (Gigabit) download and upload as more homes connect. It will be all underground for durability and protection from snow, fire, and rodents. During power outages, there will be battery backup for service continuity. 100Mbps (Megabits per second) is more than 20x as fast than AT&T DSL
Will I have internet access with Nevada County Fiber during future PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs?
Hear what neighbors have to say about Nevada County Fiber and the project to bring fiber-optic to far end of Red Dog Road
What are the benefits of fiber optic?
Increased home values: Studies have shown that home values increase by 3% and up to 7% where the available connection was less than 25Mbps and now has 1Gbps available. For a $325,000 home this equates to an additional $10,000 -$20,000 increased value.
Unconstrained internet access: Unlike Comcast, AT&T, and Charter we will be net neutral and your browsing history will never be used for marketing, and data will never be prioritized in favor of a particular vendor's media & content.
Ready for the future: Next generation of 4k video, in-home medicine, remote education, unbundling of media will only work with reliable low latency fiber-optic networks. Who enjoys waiting for downloads, with fiber optic it's almost instant!
How fast is fiber optic?
AT&T DSL is typically from 1.5 to 6 Mbps download, and up to 0.76Mbps upload. You will often see much slower speeds between 6 pm and 10 pm when the AT&T system is oversubscribed due to the increase in streaming media. Unfortunately, AT&T is no longer investing in DSL and where possible they are even trying to eliminate it in favor of their cellular data services. Fiber optic will initially be 20 times faster for downloads and 100 times faster for uploads. We will also be making 1Gbps (Gigabits per second) available, boosting downloads by 250 times!
How much does it cost?
The plans offered are for residential use. Within the currently planned project area, there will not be an installation cost for most homeowners. The fiber optic modem that will be installed costs $69.00. There are no bandwidth limits and access is 'net neutral', meaning that there is no content prioritization. We can provide service outside of the planned area but there may be a cost of connection, please contact us for an estimate
When will it be available?
We now have six active connections, and we plan to be in the Lolas Echo and Oak Ridge area before the end of 2021, and waiting to hear about the CASF Grant application for 50 homes in the Buckeye Rd & Banner Mountain South areas.
Monthly subscriptions are due on the 1st of every month and payable in advance. We prefer that use Zelle, which is a free service available via most banks. We will also take a recurring credit card payment as an alternative. Please click here for instruction for making payments with Zelle.
Terms & Conditions of Use
The Nevada County Broadband service is a community-centric program, which is funded with the Nevada County Last-Mile Broadband Grant. We are working hard to bring a dependable, and affordable alternative to the current AT&T DSL service which will scale to meet the needs of our community for decades to come. Please click here to review the Terms & Conditions of Use that apply to customers using the service.