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UCSC research helps extend internet backbone in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

by Guy Lasnier
UC Santa Cruz

A detailed survey of unmet broadband needs by UC Santa Cruz information technology experts proved key to the Internetapproval last month of a $10.6 million state grant to extend a fiber optic Internet backbone from Santa Cruz into the Salinas Valley.

The 91 miles of new fiber will bring high-speed Internet access to underserved communities and also provide acritical independent redundancy to existing  network lines. Five years ago, Santa Cruz County and portions of Santa Clara County went Internet dark when vandals severed four AT&T fiber optic cables near San Jose.

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