Can Redding Become the Nation’s Next ‘Gig City?’

The story is in the Redding Record Searchlight:

Whether Redding will forge ahead with a proposal to install an affordable, super-fast internet service in a portion of downtown is up for discussion by Redding City Council members on Tuesday.

Council members will be presented with the results of a feasibility and cost analysis study conducted last year about constructing a city-owned fiber optic internet service.

The Center for Economic Development at Chico State University produced the report, said Redding Vice Mayor Adam McElvain. He has promoted having Redding run its own ultra high-speed service as a way to attract more businesses to the city.

Under his proposal, Redding would become a traditional Internet Service Provider (ISP) and install the fiber infrastructure. “We’d be like Charter Communications or AT&T,” he said during a recent interview.

That would allow the city to “create a marketplace” where any ISP could offer bandwidth on the city’s system, he said.

“It’s kind of like when the city gives somebody a sewer. You get a sewer connection or you get a water connection. This way, you get a fiber connection. Then you can get on and sign up with any number of different services from the private sector for your bandwidth,” McElvain said.

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The challenge will be overcoming the opposition of the big telecommunication companies who do not like competition. HERE is an example of how the telecommunication companies stifled the development of a community network in North Carolina.  Check out this video.

 

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