Davis: Council Approves Fiber-Optic Network Deal With Astound Broadband

By Edward Booth Enterprise correspondent

The Davis City Council voted on Tuesday to lease city conduit to Astound Broadband LLC in exchange for fiber-optic services.

The agreement, set to last for 30 years, requires Astound — also known as Wave Broadband — to bring fiber-optic cable into the city and provide a high-speed network in Davis using existing city conduit. Astound will also expand the network to Yolo County buildings, specific city buildings and well/pump sites, and a connection to UC Davis.

Astound will be responsible for maintaining the network while the city retains control of the conduit. The estimated cost of building the network runs to about $1.4 to $1.5 million, according to a staff report.

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