Broadband initiatives approved |

Broadband initiatives approved

Staff reports

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District board passed another set of initiatives to continue the district’s proposed broadband network Wednesday night.

With a vote of three to one – with Pat Sutton voting no and director Joe Aguera absent – the board accepted the latest broadband financial report and agreed to open bids for the system’s equipment and design.

General Manager Peter Holzmeister released an update on district expenditures on the fiber-to-the-home initiative.

So far, the district has spent $1,354,040 on broadband. The tally includes financing study and analysis, legal representation, and advertising and public relations. The sale of the Sierra Pacific Communications Conduit has been estimated to bring more than $2 million into the district’s broadband unit.

The board also decided to advertise for, accept and open bids for the equipment and design of the broadband system.

The information included in the bid request includes the number of homes and businesses passed by the system, requests for equipment pricing and contract documents.

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Bids for the system’s equipment and design will open Sept. 5.

The utility district has proposed its broadband system will offer voice, video and data (Internet) services to 10,300 homes and businesses in Truckee.