Russell Steele: Nevada City/Grass Valley fiber losers |

Russell Steele: Nevada City/Grass Valley fiber losers

As a proponent of rural broadband, I often read recently published books and articles on broadband technologies.

I am currently reading Susan Crawford’s book, “Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — and Why America Might Miss It.” I was surprised by the depiction of Nevada City and Grass Valley as failed communities in their quest for broadband fiber networks with quotes like these:

“Laissez-faire is not working for rural America, particularly in areas like Nevada City/Grass Valley where the local authorities are uninterested in intervening to ensure that their people have communications capacity.”

“… one of the key reasons that both Greensboro and Grass Valley/Nevada City are making such slow progress toward any flavor of publicly oriented fiber is that there is no prominent public leader willing to stand behind it.”

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This is only two, there are more damaging quotes.

After reading this book, it is highly unlikely Nevada City would be on anyone’s list as a great place to live and work.

Now that Race Communications will be building out the fiber network which Crawford used to illustrate a failed project, local authorities need to promote a more positive image. More at

Russell Steele


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