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On 6/29/17, the commission met to discuss what many thought would be the deciding fate of the project, but they ultimately decided to push the actual vote back to Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Spilt decisions plagued the California Public Utilities Commission today as they decided the fate of Resolution T-17525 better known as “Gigafy Phelan.”
The project aims to provide symmetrical gigabit Internet service to the Phelan, Pinon Hills and Oak Hills of San Bernardino County which would be sponsored by Race Communications and cost about $27.6 million—through a grant provided by the California Advance Services Fund (CASF). If awarded, Phelan would be the largest community the CASF has ever served.
The area was deemed a “high priority” area back in 2014, meaning the community currently does not meet the CASF minimum requirement of 6 Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speeds. The project would serve over 7,600 household within a 98 square mile in an underserved area.
Back in April, Frontier Communications submitted a challenge that would jeopardize Race’s efforts in Phelan, CA. Their challenge was rejected by the CPUC, however this did not stop Frontier from submitting further comments.
If approved, Race’s project would offer residents a futureproof fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband Internet service. On the other hand, Frontier is offering the same copper connectivity, with a few upgrades that may speed up the current connection slightly, but only a certain number of household will be eligible. Leaving the rest of some areas in Phelan still in the dark.
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