Friday, October 9, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Round I Applicants: City of Grover Beach, CA Looks to Leverage Transpacific Fiber Landing for Economic Development 10/09/09 San Francisco - In the only such application we have seen among the almost 2,200 Round I broadband stimulus grant and loan requests, the City of Grover Beach California has applied for federal funds to build a middle mile fiber network aimed at leveraging the local presence of a transpacific cable landing.

The City sees the federal funding potential as a way to drive local economic development by attracting employers intent on low latency connections to the fiber "big pipes" that literally connect the West Coast of the United states with the booming economies of Asia.

“As home to one of the most significant Trans Pacific cable landing stations, Grover Beach looks forward to a time when businesses will relocate to our community to take advantage of our direct access to the Asian markets,” said Mayor John Shoals. Mayor Shoals, a Democrat elected as the first mayor of Grover Beach in 2008, is a city planner by profession.

Grover Beach, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s central coast, successfully submitted an application for federal stimulus monies made available from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for broadband.

Located in San Luis Obispo County the city is one of two U.S. based landing points for the 21,000 km Pacific Crossing Limited (PCL) submarine cable system. PCL's fiber also lands on the West Coast at its Harbour Pointe facility in Mukilteo, Washington; and in Japan at Ajiguara and Shima.

With fiscal help from ARRA, and technical guidance from Digital West Networks Inc., Grover Beach hopes to be well-equipped, both financially and technologically, to implement the plan that would make it possible. The application was developed through a joint effort between city staff and consultants at Digital West and is based on elements of the City’s Technology Master Plan.

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The request (filed executive summary: here) for Broadband Stimulus funds was made to The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

While there are numerous funding components, the proposed project will be in excess of $3 million and will deliver broadband services, at much high speeds than those defined by the Federal Communications Commission.
The Master Technology Plan will be completed in a series of phases, the first of which is intended to provide economic vitality to commercial and industrial areas of the City. By nature of its proximity to a Trans Pacific cable to Japan, Grover Beach has a decided strategic advantage and would be ideal for companies looking for locations with a sophisticated technological infrastructure.

About Digital West
Digital West Networks Inc. is a provider of Commercial Internet services, specializing in Professional Consulting Services, Colocation, Managed Network Services, Dedicated and Managed Services, Cloud Computing, and Hosted Services packages. Expansion plans at Digital West include developing Data Centers on the East Coast of North America and Asia, creating solid trans-Pacific data networks for companies doing business on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
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