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McElvain Announces Candidacy For 2020 Council Race

Adam McElvain just became mayor last week and Monday he launched his campaign for re-election to the Redding City Council next November. When he first ran for the council in 2015, McElvain shared his vision of a high speed city-owned Internet utility. Four years later, the plan is much closer to reality, according to McElvain. Maybe the biggest hurdle is making people understand just what he’s talking about, because it’s an unfamiliar concept for the public sector. Charter, which currently delivers the fastest service around, is not a supporter of McElvain’s plan, but he’s confident that they’ll eventually be on board whether they like it or not. He says the fiber optic network would be 20 to 30 times faster than Charter or anything else currently available in Redding. The idea is to start in the Downtown area, between Continental Street and Court Street from LuLu’s to the North Market Street Bridge. That would cost 3 to 4 Million taxpayer Dollars, but grant funding might cover up to 80% of that. Expansion of the service to the rest of the city would require an initial participation rate of 35%. McElvain hopes to deliver the plan to the city around the start of year.