Plumas-Sierra brings fiber to region
PORTOLA, Calif. (June 27, 2012)—Mild weather is cooperating as construction crews hang fiber from Hallelujah Junction north on Highway 395 to Susanville, and west of the Junction on Highway 70 toward Quincy.
Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications (PST) broke ground on their Mid-Mile Fiber Project in January. The project is scheduled for completion by July 31, 2013, though services in many areas will, hopefully, be available before then.
The PST Mid-Mile Fiber Project is an Internet backbone infrastructure that will allow third party providers to increase existing service speeds to their customers in underserved areas, and reach far beyond their current boundaries to access unserved portions of the region. It is NOT a direct-to-home service. However, PST is exploring technologies that will allow it to offer broadband access and services to residential areas not currently served or underserved by other providers.
The project is a collaborative effort made possible with grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and the California Advanced Services Fund.
Vital Community Anchor Institutions including educational institutions, Internet service providers, government facilities, hospitals, utilities and tribal government will be the first customers connected to the network through these grants.
The network will provide business-class service to commercial users, allow other technologies to fill broadband gaps for residential users and increase the value of homes and businesses in the region.
The network will deliver wholesale broadband to local anchor institutions and Internet service providers like PSREC’s wireless subsidiary; allow these service providers to expand and improve their services; create a competitive environment; allow telecommuting; improve Internet access at schools; improve e-learning opportunities; expand access to state-of-the-art medical services through telemedicine; strengthen the local economy; create jobs; improve public safety; and support all foreseeable future data needs of the area.
There is tremendous community interest in the project. The Cooperative’s construction crews are receiving daily questions from curious residents wondering when the project will be up and running in their communities.
PST expects the first of the Community Anchor Institution connections to be functioning before the end of 2012, with more coming online in the first two quarters of 2013. The competitive telecommunications providers in our region could be offering expanded and/or faster services in that time frame as well.
PST will start offering service to commercial districts in the covered regions as soon as the services to Community Anchor Institution customers in an area are operating. If your business or community is interested in broadband services from PST, please contact us at (530) 832-4261.
Please visit www.plumassierratelecommunications.com for updates on the PST Mid-Mile Fiber Project.