Truckee joins Google fiber craze
Union News Service
TRUCKEE – The Town of Truckee has joined other towns nationwide pursuing Google to install high speed fiberoptic Internet, touted to be 100 times faster than anything used today.
Google asked local governments and residents to express their interest in participating in a fiberoptic trial and provide information about their communities on Feb. 10, generating a lot of interest across the nation. Google’s website says it will announce its selections sometime this year, with the goal of experimenting with faster Internet.
Last week, Truckee Town Council approved the application, due by Friday, March 26, to Google.
“I think what sets us a part is our infrastructure is already in place, based on the (Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s) work, and the availability of the fiberoptic line between Sacramento and Reno,” said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.
The utility district had worked to install conduit and fiberoptic lines throughout the town to provide high speed Internet a few years back, when the parent company of then-Cebridge Connections, now Suddenlink Communications, sued the district, said Steven Poncelet, public information and conservation manager for the district. The district won the suit and an appeal, but because of the delay and cost of litigation, decided to stop the project and focus on water and power.
That’s left the district with large lengths of line, unused, that could potentially be used in the Google project, Lashbrook said.
The district has 82 miles of broadband conduit, including 15 miles of “transmission” conduit along the main Salt lake City to Sacramento route as it runs through Truckee, 133 miles of overhead distribution lines and 186 miles of overhead secondary service drops, according to an e-mail from Poncelet and has pole space and/or conduit near every home or business in Truckee.
“We are very supportive of the town’s efforts to bring additional broadband resources to our community and are actively seeking opportunities to maximize the value to our ratepayers of the district’s current fiber and other assets,” said General Manager Michael Holley in an e-mail statement.
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