Posted December 23rd, 2011 by seanm
December 23, 2011
New Fiber Delivers Broadband to Eureka!
A new optic fiber link developed by IP Networks and owned by PG&E, went live in Eureka on December 23, 2011.
Locally owned Internet Service Provider (ISP) 101 Netlink, based in Humboldt County, is a partner in the project, providing wireless Internet access for unserved communities along the fiber route - which follows PG&E power transmission lines near Highway 36, crossing Tehama, Trinity and Humboldt Counties.
The new fiber line was built with 40% public financing through the California Advanced Services Fund, a telecom ratepayer fund administered by the California Public Utilities Commission.
As lead agency for broadband deployment and adoption efforts to meet public, education and government purposes in Humboldt County, Access Humboldt has actively supported this project - and now has fully redundant Internet service - thanks to 101 Netlink and the new fiber link!
Statement of Sean McLaughlin, executive director of Access Humboldt:
"Congratulations to all the folks who've worked for many years to advance broadband deployment and adoption in our region - including this effort to secure a redundant fiber optic network connection for Humboldt County. We're particularly delighted that 101 Netlink, a locally owned broadband network operator, is now offering fully redundant Internet service to their customers, including Access Humboldt. We look forward to other internet service providers connecting to the new PG&E fiber, developed by IP Networks.
This broadband network deployment was made possible with substantial support from public agencies and forty percent funding from California's telecom ratepayers. The new fiber connection is an important part of the overall broadband infrastructure needed to bring the Redwood Coast into the Information Age."
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Local News coverage:
Times-Standard: Redundant broadband cable a reality in Humboldt County; $14.4 million fiber-optic cable project launched Friday http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_19614146
North Coast Journal (blog): Redundant Broadband Fiber Complete http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/2011/12/23/redundant-broadban...
KIEM TV News Channel 3: New Fiber Delivers Broadband to Eureka http://kiem-tv.com/node/2721
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