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Who Wants Fiber in Santa Cruz? City Council Votes on Dec 8.

By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

(Image above: Cruzio has divided the town up into 26 separate neighborhoods. Each would have its own hub leading back to Cruzio’s Internet backbone. Source: Cruzio)

November 11, 2015 — Santa Cruz, CA

On June 23, 2015, the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously approved entering into a public-private partnership with Cruzio to explore a fiber-to-the-home network within the city limits. [For more on that, see What’s So Big About a Gig? A Bold Vision for a 21st Century Santa Cruz, published June 25, 2015.]

Over the last several months, Cruzio and City of Santa Cruz staff have been working hard to develop a full proposal. On December 8, the City Council will vote on whether to give final approval to the project.

If approved, Santa Cruz City residents and businesses would have access to gigabit Internet speeds making Santa Cruz one of only a handful of Gigabit Cities across the US.

“This is a game changer for Santa Cruz,“ says Cruzio CEO Peggy Dolgenos, “and judging by the response to our survey, folks are really excited about the project.”

Cruzio has been gathering survey data from City of Santa Cruz residents for the last several months at santacruzfiber.com. Here are some of the results.

  1. Fiber Neighborhoods in the City of Santa Cruz:
    To get fiber to every building in the City of Santa Cruz, Cruzio has divided the town up into 26 separate neighborhoods. Each will have its own hub leading back to Cruzio’s powerful Internet backbone. Read more…
  2. Santa Cruz Fiber: How Is Your Neighborhood Doing?
    Which neighborhood had the most surveys out of the first 1,244? Read more…
  3. Santa Cruz Fiber: West Side vs East Side and Street by Street
    The City of Santa Cruz is neatly divided into East and West by the San Lorenzo River. Neatly, but not quite equally — 12 fiber neighborhoods are on the East Side, and 14 on the West. But that difference doesn’t account for the difference in surveys between the two sides of town. After 1,244 surveys were completed, it looks like we’ve gotten more of a response from people on the West Side than on the the East. Read more…

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