NU students get sneak peek at Internet Gigabit Launch |

NU students get sneak peek at Internet Gigabit Launch

Michael Anderson and John Paul speak before a crowd of Nevada Union high school students Tuesday sharing details on the Spiral Internet gigabyte project, which will be launched Oct. 30.
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Spiral Internet set for Gigabit Launch Oct. 30

With grant funding about to be approved, Spiral Internet’s ultra-fast, Gigabit-per-second fiber optic Internet network for Nevada County is nearing reality. According to a news release, on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m., Spiral is hosting an informational and celebratory event at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

The Spiral Gigabit Launch is open to the public, the release stated, but reservations are required due to limited seating. Those who wish to attend may reserve a seat at

“To inspire and inform the community, Spiral is bringing guests from around the country, including Mike Burke and Aaron Deacon from Kansas City — who have been key in envisioning how both Kansas City, Miss. (and Kansas) will leverage Google Fiber; Blair Levin, executive director of Gig.U and the architect of the National Broadband Plan; and Anne Neville, director of the State Broadband Initiative at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),” the release states.

Spiral and its guests will share how gigabit speed Internet access will build and sustain our local economy and also talk about the gigabit fiber optic revolution that is happening across the country. They will help Nevada County celebrate being one of the newest (and few) communities in the U.S. to build a gigabit 100 percent fiber optic Internet network.

Spiral’s network will be one of the first in California, and the first in rural Northern California. The local Internet Service Provider is securing a California Public Utilities Commission grant matched by private funds for the construction.

For more information, contact Spiral Internet at 530-478-9822. Register for the event at

As Spiral Internet moves forward with next week’s launch of its gigabit fiber optic network, on Tuesday afternoon Nevada Union High School Partnership Academy students got a bit of a sneak peek at the project and what it could mean for Nevada County, and their own futures.

John Paul of Spiral Internet and Michael Anderson of ClientWorks spoke to students about the need for improved Internet access for the underserved — and in some cases unserved — areas of Nevada County; and how Spiral’s project intends to make things better — a whole lot faster.

“You are the ones who are going to get to use this network,” Paul told the students. “You are the generation that’s not going to have to leave to go get a job somewhere else, because we’re going to build a network here that’s going to bring better jobs here and more technology. So that’s why I’m extremely excited to talk with you, because you’re going to benefit the most from this.”

Students heard the history behind Nevada County’s less than desirable speed of Internet access, as well as explanations of technical terms such as upload and download, and the reason there is a difference between the two in terms of the time it takes to send or receive data files.

Another topic touched upon was cloud-based computer systems, often operated through a server not locally based, meaning the user is even more dependent upon the connection he or she has to the Internet — which is where Spiral Internet intends to make a difference.

“But the bottom line, as John said, this county is underserved or unserved in a vast percentage of our county’s area,” Anderson said. “I’ve heard from realtors that about half of our housing stock is unserved or underserved, which means people that want to move here and work for these high-tech companies, they can only buy half the houses here to serve their needs. That’s a huge problem.”

To see a video with student reaction to the presentation see this story online at

Contact Editor Brian Hamilton at or 530-477-4249.

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