June 24, 2015
The City of Santa Cruz and Cruzio Internet, one of the oldest independent Internet Service Providers in the United States, have reached an agreement to explore a municipal gigabit fiber network.
The Santa Cruz Fiber project will study the feasibility and cost of building a 21st-century gigabit fiber-optic communications network covering as many of the 16,149 parcels and 62,864 residents in the City of Santa Cruz as possible.
“Unbeatable broadband is a part of our quality of life,” said Bonnie Lipscomb, Santa Cruz Economic Development Office Director. “Internet is a basic lifeline and businesses consider fast internet an essential utility. The City of Santa Cruz is stepping up to propel Santa Cruz into the select gigabit club.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the City of Santa Cruz and Cruzio Internet will proceed with a survey of residents to determine interest, an engineering report to determine the projected construction cost, and a feasibility study to assess the project. If the results of the survey and studies are favorable, the Santa Cruz City Council will consider moving forward with construction.
Through a public-private partnership, the broadband network can dramatically increase access to fast, affordable internet while sharing expertise and risk with an experienced, local internet service provider in the marketplace, succeeding where other municipal fiber networks have faltered.
“For over twenty-five years, Cruzio’s mission has always been to bring the best internet available, to everyone in Santa Cruz at prices everyone can afford,” commented Peggy Dolgenos, one of the founders of Cruzio Internet. “We’re extremely excited that by working with the City of Santa Cruz, the goal of ubiquitous fiber optic coverage is closer than ever before.”