Two broadband projects that will serve over 500 Nevada County residences are getting approximately 8 million dollars in funding through the California Public Utilities Commission. Public Information Officer Taylor Wolfe says the funding isn’t through the county, but directly to the contractors.
The vision of Nevada County Fiber is to be a community-owned fiber-optic network for all of Nevada County with unconstrained access to the internet.
The projects also provide services to neighboring counties, but togther they will provide fiberoptic connectivity to 527 residents in rural areas of the county.
At the CPUC hearing, District 2 Supervisor Ed Scofield along with Chief Information Officer Steve Monaghan along with representation from the County Superintendent of Schools Office spoke on behalf of the two projects.
The additional funding will also go hand in hand with county’s Last Mile Grant Program which provides money to projects connecting individual houses to the fiber network.
The county is also developing an umbrella environmental impact report for broadband developers to use in order to reduce costs and shorten application timelines.