Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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FTTH DEPLOYMENT 2 4 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 9 Cruzio Launches FTTH In Santa Cruz Though its planned partnership with the city didn't materialize, Cruzio now has an ambitious plan to deliver high-speed broadband throughout much of Santa Cruz County. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities I n August 2018, the competitive provider Cruzio Internet lit the first residential fiber customer in its home city of Santa Cruz. e launch of fiber services, with gigabit speeds for $49.95 per month, marked the end of a long road for Cruzio – and the beginning of a new story. A family-run ISP, Cruzio has provided internet services since 1989 (pre–World Wide Web) to Santa Cruz, a city of 65,000 on the coast of central California. It also serves parts of the Bay Area. Most of its business consists of reselling DSL and providing fixed wireless service, though it connects some enterprise customers with dedicated fiber lines. Several years ago, Cruzio approached the Santa Cruz city government and proposed a public-private partnership – the Santa Cruz Fiber Project – that would wire nearly the entire city with fiber. e city responded with interest, and in June 2015, the parties announced a partnership. Both agreed on the broad outline: e city would finance the network through revenue bonds and own it; Cruzio would engineer, build and operate it. e particulars, however, were elusive. After spending a long time trying to hammer out details, Cruzio and the city concluded that they could not arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement. Along the way, Cruzio collaborated with the city and wireless equipment vendor Siklu to connect Siklu millimeter-wave radios to existing Cruzio fiber and deliver wireless connectivity to Cruzio deploys fiber in downtown Santa Cruz.

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