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Santa Cruz will be Silicon Valley’s first fully fiber city

By Steve Blum
Tellus Venture Associates

July 11, 2015 — Santa Cruz, CA

[Editor’s note: Santa Cruz Tech Beat recently published What’s So Big About a Gig? A Bold Vision for a 21st Century Santa Cruz. Here’s another perspective on the same topic.]

Homes and businesses in Santa Cruz are one step closer to full fiber-to-the-premise broadband service. The Santa Cruz city council voted unanimously last week to move ahead with negotiating an FTTP/FTTH partnership with a local independent Internet service provider, Cruzio. As envisioned, the city would own – and finance – the network, Cruzio would operate it and the two would work together to build it.

Cruzio’s proposal to the city also leaves the door open for other ISPs to join the project – that’ll be one of many details that the forthcoming negotiations will address.

The cost to build a fiber network that would reach every premise in the City of Santa Cruz will be about $52 million, according to an estimate prepared by Columbia Telecommunications Corporation. That includes the citywide distribution network, laterals and drops to reach homes and businesses, and the electronics on both ends needed to run it.

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