Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Next generation broadband coming


A ROCK SAW trencher digs along Highway 193 near Cherry Acres Road in Cool on July 10.

From page A1 | July 15, 2013 | 13 Comments

“They’re everywhere.” That has been the response of Placerville residents to the slew of drilling equipment and trucks along Green Valley Road, Cold Springs Road, Missouri Flat Road and Mallard Lane in Placerville. On July 10, drilling trucks were also in Cool.

“There are about 18 active crews in your area,” said Mike Stewart of the Central Valley Independent Network (CVIN).  The crews are installing fiber optic cable as part of the Central Valley Independent Network’s (CVIN) “Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project.” BIP is connecting 18 California counties from Colusa County to Kern County via fiber optic to the Corporation for Education Network Intitiatives in California’s (CENIC) statewide fiber-based backbone and to the worldwide Internet.

Some of the crews, from a variety of different companies, are drilling the holes for the plastic pipe, some are placing the cable, others are setting vaults or doing joinage.

Using $46.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds and a $20 million investment from private partners, the infrastructure project stretches over 1,300 miles to connect 19 county offices of education sites, 14 community college sites, three California State University sites, 20 county/main libraries and seven public safety sites as anchor institutions.

The El Dorado County Office of Education and the Placerville Main Branch of the County Library will be connected to this backbone, enhancing existing high-speed networking capability.

The project aims to expand the connection to include healthcare facilities, school sites, community-based organizations, businesses and government agencies to have access to high-speed networking at more reasonable costs, but it doesn’t include connections for residential homes at the moment, said Stewart.

“We will be offering this to commercial businesses as well and to ISPs to improve their wholesale bandwidth,” said Stewart. “We’ll be able to do extensions off the network to help businesses connect to wireless high-speed and reduce their costs and we’ll be able to offer local ISPs a lower cost Internet bandwidth.”

The Federal Communications Commission’s goal is to have at least 100 million U.S. homes with affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 Mb/s and actual upload speeds of at least 50 Mb/s. While CVIN’s BIP doesn’t include residential connections in El Dorado County, it does plan for a last mile wireless build-out in Fresno, Kings, Kern and Tulare counties to provide service to 1,549,008  households to help meet the FCC goal.

The fiber optic cable installation is scheduled to be completed in El Dorado County in 60 days, said Stewart. Upon completion, he will begin marketing the cable service to businesses and ISPs.

According to the BIP Website, the Central Valley produces 8 percent of the nation’s agricultural output by value but almost 57 percent of the Valley is either underserved or unserved by broadband infrastructure. BIP’s fiber-based infrastructure links the Valley counties together and will offer more access, more bandwidth and lower costs.

For more information about BIP, go to

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.


Discussion | 13 comments

  • FranJuly 15, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Australia election threatens shape of $34 billion broadband plan Broadband across the planet.

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  • FranJuly 15, 2013 - 2:20 pm medical...distance learning...lots of money...

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  • FranJuly 15, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Viewpoints: Broadband Internet connection for all residents is essential Read more here:

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  • DanJuly 16, 2013 - 6:48 am

    I ran into one of the owners of one of business do work on drilling pipe at local bar, ask him what they were doing? He told me this was part stimulus package that he thinks is the biggest waste of money he had ever seen! This out of state contractor told me his company was billing $200,000. A week for there work and I think there are 3 company's doing same job. With the day of wireless everything coming , what are we doing? These company's are coming throug are property's leaving orange pipes everywhere and leaving a mess !

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  • MikeJanuary 20, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Ahhhhhh......silly liberals.....

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  • GloriaJuly 16, 2013 - 7:37 am

    I was really hoping this would mean improvements in home Internet speeds. Unless pricing changes, and slim chance of that, wireless will be forever out of my reach -- and range. Satellite Internet is both too expensive, and problematic. I'm definitely living on the wrong side of the digital divide.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 16, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Ahhh but Gloria . . . we're "keepin' it rural"!

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  • RickSeptember 17, 2013 - 9:11 am

    I have seen some Crappy road work in my time but these Clowns take the cake.. I guess they have lower standards in Minnesota. Fix these Trenches before a motorcyclist dies in one of these Death traps.

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  • DanSeptember 17, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    I agree they need to fix to be safe do fix pavement they took up,fix drainage and do erosion control like Cal. Contractors are required to do. When is the wire going in so we can use this service ? After all we have spent millions so far!

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  • Little RickyOctober 30, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Total Scam

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  • keith_nt4December 05, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    This story is a little confusing. It says it won't be offered to residences in El Dorado county but it mentions trying to market both both ISPs and businesses. So the ISPs wouldn't be re-packaging/selling access to the public? It seems kind of contradictory.

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  • Dan DixonDecember 06, 2013 - 10:39 am

    In my opinion it is all waste of time and a lot money. the out state contractors will be the only ones to make lots of money out of this . I do not think any cables will go into miles of conduct wish was installed under a stimulus package. they are still here making More money

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  • EvelynJanuary 07, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    "The $200 Billion Rip-Off: Our broadband future was stolen" - HERE

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