Truckee joins nationwide quest for Google fiber |

Truckee joins nationwide quest for Google fiber

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Town of Truckee has joined other towns nationwide pursuing Google to install high speed fiberoptic Internet, touted to be 100 times faster than anything used today.

Google asked local governments and residents to express their interest in participating in a fiberoptic trial and provide information about their communities on Feb. 10, generating a lot of interest across the nation. Googleand#8217;s website says it will announce its selections sometime this year, with the goal of experimenting with faster Internet.

Last month, Truckee Town Council approved the application to Google.

and#8220;Hundreds of communities and hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country have expressed their interest in the project. Weand#8217;re not going to be able to build in every interested community and#8212; our plan is to reach a total of at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people …and#8221; according to

The Town of Truckee hopes to set itself apart with existing infrastructure.

and#8220;I think what sets us a part is our infrastructure is already in place, based on the (Truckee Donner Public Utility Districtand#8217;s) work, and the availability of the fiberoptic line between Sacramento and Reno,and#8221; said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

The utility district had worked to install conduit and fiberoptic lines throughout the town to provide high speed Internet a few years back, when the parent company of then-Cebridge Connections, now Suddenlink Communications, sued the district, said Steven Poncelet, public information and conservation manager for the district. The district won the suit and an appeal, but because of the delay and cost of litigation, decided to stop the project and focus on water and power.

Thatand#8217;s left the district with large lengths of line, unused, that could potentially be used in the Google project, Lashbrook said.

The district has 82 miles of broadband conduit, including 15 miles of and#8220;transmissionand#8221; conduit along the main Salt lake City to Sacramento route as it runs through Truckee, 133 miles of overhead distribution lines and 186 miles of overhead secondary service drops, according to an e-mail from Poncelet and has pole space and/or conduit near every home or business in Truckee.

and#8220;We are very supportive of the townand#8217;s efforts to bring additional broadband resources to our community and are actively seeking opportunities to maximize the value to our ratepayers of the districtand#8217;s current fiber and other assets,and#8221; said General Manager Michael Holley in an e-mail statement.

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