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Council To Discuss Plan To Develop City Run High Speed Fibernet

A plan to bring super high speed internet to Redding is slowly advancing through a series of studies by the city. Redding City Council Cember Adam McElvain has envisioned a fibernet internet utility for the downtown area, and first floated the proposal while campaigning for the council seat. He has said that Google already has a high speed fiber conduit running along the railroad tracks through downtown. When the idea came up in 2017 he explained that this is something that only a public sector entity, such as Redding Electric Utility, can do. McElvain sees high tech companies, hospitals, and government being among those who would benefit, but other members of the council have raised concerns about what it would cost the city to implement the system. McElvain partnered with some technical experts from Chico State and the Department of Commerce for a feasibility study. The process was delayed by the Carr Fire, but a Master Broadband Plan was submitted in April. Though originally thought only possible for the downtown area, the cities of Ammon, Idaho and Riverton, Utah worked with a company called “Entry Point Networks” to design fiber infrastructure throughout their communities. On Tuesday the council will be asked to approve $30,000 for the company to develop a plan for Redding as well.