Bright Fiber: High Speed Internet in the Mountains By: Steve Frisch SBC recently accompanied a team of community leaders from Nevada County on a visit to the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco to discuss an exciting local broadband project. The project, known as the Bright Fiber Network, would install direct, to the door, 1 gigabit Internet and data speed via fiber optics to more than 3000 customers in a 26 square mile area of western Nevada County. That’s right, 1 full gigabit! To put that in perspective, it’s likely around 100-400 times faster than anything you have ever used if you live in the Sierra Nevada. You don’t have to be a geek (and we use the term affably) to understand what that means. This project would put western Nevada County on par with the few urban areas in the country with access to 1 gigabit per second service. There are so many reasons this project is critical for western Nevada County. Speed drives economic development, creates redundancy in the local system to avoid broadband blackouts, supports the ability of local schools to participate in distance learning and testing, and boosts emergency service capabilities. Of particular importance to today’s Sierra Nevada, broadband speed creates critical infrastructure for attracting new business and retaining existing ones. This project would be proof that we can get high speed service in our areas in a cost effective manner and that we are correct in believing that more can be done to initiate broadband access equally throughout the state. Unfortunately the Bright Fiber project is caught up in a bureaucrat glitch and stalled, which motivated nine people from western Nevada County to make the trek to San Francisco and say, “Hey, we matter up here and we are ready to go!” The importance of broadband speed and connectivity is imperative in cultivating innovation in the Sierra. If you’re interested in effective and collaborative action, join us at SBC’s 20th Anniversary Conference, “Peak Innovation: The Next 20 Years” to foster the change you want to see in the Sierra. Together we can make this region an even better place to live and, particularly with availability of high-speed Internet, work. Space is limited; click here to reserve your seat at the table.
EVENT FEATURED THREE “HIDDEN GEM” BUSINESSES WITH GROWTH POTENTIAL The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) launched its “Fab 5″ initiative with a high impact “Kick-Off” event on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 featuring three local businesses with meaningful growth potential. The ERC’s “Fab 5″ initiative gives selected Nevada County businesses the opportunity to receive “organization-wide” intensive support to fulfill a specific activity related to their growth. Representatives of three existing Nevada County businesses gave powerful presentations at the Kick-Off Event: Tom Larsen, Managing Partner at TD Back Office www.tdbackoffice.com Jason Fountaine, Managing Director at Gyro-Stabilized Systems, LLC. www.gyrostabilizedsystems.com John Paul, Owner of Spiral Internet www.spiralinternet.com The three executives discussed obstacles, challenges and opportunities their respective companies are facing during the growth and established cycle as well as why the success of their business is important to Nevada County. “I was very impressed with the quality of the business presentations,” said July Hess of Tri-counties Bank. “It’s remarkable to learn about the innovative local companies that exist right here in Nevada County that many of us were not even aware of, and others that are seasoned and poised for game-changing growth.” ERC Executive Director, Jon Gregory was pleased with the Kick-Off Event turn out stating, “The audience consisted of over 35 businesses, industry, financial and civic leaders who were on hand to share their extensive expertise and networks to the company of their choice.” He continued, “At the ERC we are looking forward to helping these local companies growth with this hands-on, team approach to local business development.” The team approach advanced by the ERC will help businesses selected for the Fab 5 in fulfilling their milestones which can vary from company to company, including raising capital, creating a marketing strategy, finding a suitable location, securing talent among many other possibilities. Each company will work with their Action Team over the next several months to fulfill specific business objectives and report back at subsequent Fab 5 meetings. “The energy in the room was contagious,” said Fab 5 Co-chair, Lynn Wilson. “The Fab 5 events are intended to create an environment that fosters business success by providing a forum for local experts to share their perspectives and insights with the end goal of creating new employment opportunities and growing the Nevada County economy.” To see if your business meets the guidelines to participate in the Fab 5 : Fab 5 Initiative
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