Dig Once info

Street markings for call before you dig are standardized. They were explained in a 8 minute talk at Nanog67. The target talk begins at the 8 minute mark. The speaker's slides are available.

-> CPUC mobile broadband This would just be a single report if the resolution of the images in the Novarum document was not impaired. Better images of the report's graphics is in the other files.

UCSC/CENIC fiber build map is an approximate representation of the dark fiber connection from Sunnyvale to Santa Cruz. The poster was prepared in advance of construction. More accurate maps exist but are not public.

Maps that show the aerial route in the city of Santa Cruz for the Sunnyvale Sunesys build were posted as attachments to the agenda for the Council meeting of April 28:

  • Western Drive
  • Westlake
  • High St and Mission Hill
  • East side

    CENIC California footprint shows backbone assets circa 2008.

    Extenet in Santa Cruz

    Extenet builds dark fiber networks that they lease out. They filed this map with the city in January 2016 as part of a dig once notification. map. There is some overlap between the Extenet and Sunesys Soledad routes.

    Soledad to Santa Cruz fiber project

  • Project Approval from the CPUC
  • Notice to Proceed
  • Santa Cruz Poster

    Wireless CASF project

    There is a history of skepticism viz whether wireless can be used to provide data connectivity that meets CPUC performance standards. Here the applicant will use a broad mix of white-space TV, fixed LTE and unlicensed U-NII frequencies to provide services. The decision. Note that perhaps because this area is so remote and sparsely populated, no carriers filed objections.

    Crown Castle Fiber map

    2016 GoogleEarth file with Sunesys assets including proposed Santa Cruz to Soledad project. The route shown is not accurate in all details. Sunesys maintains a current map on its web page.

    2017 GoogleEarth file shows the now-completed Santa Cruz to Soledad project as well as new routes to support cellular services. Sunesys' practice is to show new routes before they are constructed and sometimes plans change. So some salt here.

    Sharing resources in the public right-of-way

    Regulated utilities with access to public right-of-way must share resources with other utilities. Rates are established in contracts that also set other terms of sharing. Underground duct rents for about $1 per foot per year. Right to attach a cable to a phone or power pole is about $5 per pole per year. I have collection of contracts with rates.

    Smart meter flyer is a particularly nice sample of a call to action from people that believe radio waves threaten our health. Smart meters, Wi-Fi networking and cell phones are often regarded as a common source of electronic pollution.

    Technical Drivers for FCC Policy slides from a talk Oct 3, 2012.

    Sound recording of Technical Drivers talk.

    FCC Mobile broadband performance measurement

    Google Earth KMZ files with cellular provider coverage claims.

    Cable TV in Santa Cruz and north Monterey County that is under state franchise.

    Comcast has proposed a Charter swap that would turn all Charter systems in California over to Comcast. There could be a lever here to get some analog systems in the Salinas Valley upgraded to digital.

    The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on October 1 to consider a proposal to enact ordinances and policies to encourage broadband deployment in the county. There were 18 public comments at the meeting with speakers divided 2:1 against the plan. Opposition focused principally on wireless broadband. The public comments have been extracted. They run about 35 minutes. The recording of the full meeting is available on the County's web site. The first speaker talked during the open comment period at the start of the meeting and was not specifically directed at the broadband proposal. It is included here because it seemed on topic to the discussion. Some of the speakers referenced a letter from the County Health Department addressing the uncertain safety of PG&E's smart meters.

    AT*T interoffice fiber

    Global West is a failed "dot-com" that had an interesting plan to run fiber in the ocean. Fiber which is placed in the water avoids a lot of the problems of getting permissions from a patchwork of land owners. But the Monterey Canyon was too steep to accomodate fiber so they planned a land route around the canyon. They would come out of the water in Monterey at Fort Ord and at La Salva in Santa Cruz County. Their ocean fiber route was implemented as far north as the Santa Maria. They ran out of money when the dot.com bubble burst. While this was planned, none of it was built. It stands as a design and a route to get part way around Monterey Bay. A staff report from the CPUC described the impacts of the project.