Spiral Internet’s high-speed fiber optic network still in limbo

Liz Kellar in The Union

As long ago as 2009, Spiral Internet CEO John Paul was touting broadband Internet service across Nevada County in the hopes of receiving federal funding.

Almost 10 years later, despite millions in state and private funding, the project remains more of a concept than reality, with questions about leadership changes and lack of progress.

Last May, Paul said the company’s ambitious high-speed fiber optic network project had jumped all its financial hurdles and would begin construction in the summer on the first stage — a 26-square-mile area that includes about 2,900 homes and 340 businesses around Highway 174 and Dog Bar Road — with the first homes online by fall.

Fall came and went, however.

In September, Paul told The Union that Spiral was ready to begin network design — the plans that will go to the county and city of Grass Valley in order to get permitting — and should be done with that phase within a few months.

The full story is HERE.


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