Highspeed Rural Fiber Optic Broadband
1st Fiber Optic Broadband Connection is Working!
Update: The first connection was made on Sept 22nd, just over 3 months after receiving the grant agreement from The County of Nevada, now working on connecting the next nearest homes! We have an operation fiber-optic network in our local community!!
On May 4th 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.
Construction for the first 16 homes will be starting June 1 with setting up the central office facility to distribute the fiber optic cable. Next, I will be installing conduits so I can test and verify the network with my immediate neighbors to ensure it's reliable and robust. I am then expecting to contact interested homeowners in the Lola's Echo and Oak Ridge areas
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 100Mbs 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?
The first connection has been made, and we plan to be in the Lolas Echo and Oak Ridge area before the end of 2020, and waiting to hear about the CASF Grant application for 50 homes in the Buckeye Rd & Banner Mountain South areas.