I asked for and received this document about the sale. It states that Race will use “aerial delivery on existing poles in existing rights-of-ways,” meaning some of the network will be above ground, and it outlines the procedure for protesting the proposed sale. The document is here: Public_Race
“A highly anticipated effort to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to the western Nevada County area, funded largely through nearly $17 million in grant money, may soon be in new hands,” The Union is reporting.
“Race Communications, a Bay Area company, has entered negotiations with Spiral Internet CEO John Paul to acquire Bright Fiber, an independent internet service provider in Nevada County that resells internet from wireline providers and has been working on building a new fiber network in the region.
“According to company officials, Race Communications and Bright Fiber have come to an agreement on the terms of the purchase, which are currently pending regulatory approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.”
Lots of unanswered questions in The Union, which dutifully published the press release/statement that was handed to it — but without any scrutiny. And oddly enough, the statement apparently was not made available to any other local media at the same time as The Union, including YubaNet and KNCO. That’s telling. And Podunk. But you can count on A LOT of local scrutiny on this deal.
And no surprise, really. It will take a Bay Area company to deliver high-speed fiber-optic internet service to our community.