Broadband gets green light in Truckee |

Broadband gets green light in Truckee

Six years and $2 million later, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District has finally gained the upper hand on its plan to construct the infrastructure for a broadband cable system in Truckee.

On Wednesday, the California Appellate Court ruled in favor of the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission, the government body that granted the Truckee utility authority to become a broadband provider.

SuddenLink Communications took LAFCo’s ruling to court in June, 2005, claiming that public utility districts are not allowed to provide nonutility services.

“Not to be out of line, but can we get a ‘yahoo’ that we won that case?” said Telecommunications Director Alan Harry in a board meeting Wednesday night.

SuddenLink, which already provides broadband Internet service to the Truckee area, now has 40 days to ask the California Supreme Court to review the decision.

“I am waiting for an answer from our legal counsel as to the next steps, but that’s really all I can say at this point. [SuddenLink] will discuss it next week,” said Pete Abel, the company’s vice president of community relations.

In a coincidental turn of events, SureWest, a publicly traded telecommunications, broadband and wireless service provider from Roseville, gave a presentation to the board on Wednesday night regarding its services and possible interest in partnering with the district to provide a fast optical-fiber service.

“From a staff level, we are very excited that SureWest approached us, we think it can be a real benefit for the entire community,” Harry said. “They have a proven track record in the provision of broadband services, and their head-end facility is probably the best in the nation.”

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