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Frequently Asked Questions

April 10, 2017

What is Digital 299?

Digital 299 is the name of a fiber optic project that will bring affordable broadband to the Redwood Coast and Trinity County. It consists of a middle-mile fiber connection between Cottonwood, California and Eureka. The project will extend the backbone transport to the community of Trinidad.  The project also provides Last Mile connection to the community of Lewiston.

April 10, 2017

What will Digital 299 do for the north coast region of California?

Digital 299 will provide a continuous fiber optic connection between the North Sacramento Valley (at Cottonwood, California) and the coast along the Highway 299 corridor. This link will improve the dependability of telecommunications throughout the region and bring affordable higher-speed broadband to the area, thus improving public safety, education and other services.

April 18, 2017

Why is the project important to California's north coast region?

This project will bring a whole new infrastructure to the region so that companies can flourish and be better integrated with the general economy. It will enable computer applications to be introduced to schools, hospitals and public safety agencies, thereby reducing costs, increasing services, and reducing travel to those seeking services. The project will enable the local economy to diversify, while keeping the educational institutions and medical care in the region at par with the rest of the state. 

April 10, 2017

How will this benefit residents and businesses in the region?

Apart from bringing high-speed Internet to schools, libraries, hospitals, fire, police and other key institutions in the area, high-speed bandwidth will be available to service providers who, in turn, will increase internet speeds and offer new products to end-users. The project will also provide last mile services directly to the community of Lewiston.

April 18, 2017

Why doesn't this project provide last mile services directly to communities other than Lewiston?

The project followed California Public Utilities Commission funding guidelines that stipulated funding only for areas that had broadband download speeds less than 6 Mbs and at upload speeds less than 1.5 Mbs.  If an area was already served by and existing wireline (telephone or Cable TV) or wireless company, the the area was considered ineligible for additional funding.  The project focused on the "middle mile" (backbone), to improve broadband capacity for the entire region, but Lewiston also qualified for "last mile" funding.

April 18, 2017

How do I buy service from Digital 299 when it is ready for service?

Consumers and businesses will continue to purchase their broadband services from their current service providers, or select one of the newer service providers that will be initiating service. If you represent an institution such as a school, library or hospital, our project team will be contacting you.  In the community of Lewiston, services will be available after January 2019.  A community outreach effort will begin at that time.

April 18, 2017

How do service providers interconnect to the Digitial 299 network?

Service providers who wish to interconnect to the Digital 299 network for now should consult the project web site: www.digital299.com or email info@digital299.com

April 18, 2017

When will it be completed?

Digital 299 is expected to be completed and fully in service by the end of July 2019.  Some segments may be activated in 2018.

April 18, 2017

Who is paying for Digital 299?

Digital 299 is a private undertaking by Inyo Networks.  The project received state support through the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), which was set up to provide subsidy funding for rural areas and off-set the extremely high cost to deploy networks in those areas.

April 18, 2017

Are the CASF funds a new tax?

The subsidy fees are already in place in the California Advanced Services Fund, which has been collected since 2008 as a 0.25% surcharge to your telephone bill.Those funds are now being used to extend broadband into California’s rural areas such as where this project is proposed.The program has nearly exhausted funds, but the state legislature is looking to possibly extend it for another five years.

April 18, 2017

Who will own and operate Digital 299?

Assets of Digital 299 will be owned and operated by Inyo Networks.

Jobs

April 18, 2017

Will there be jobs for locals on the project?

Definitely – job creation is one of the secondary benefits of Digital 299. Inyo Networks intends to bring its experienced team to the project, but hopes to create most of the jobs from the local labor force. The project will also make use of local contractors who are experienced with underground utilities, mostly trenching and excavation. 

April 18, 2017

What jobs will be available and how does one apply?

The type of jobs will be listed on this website as the project evolves. While most of the jobs will involve the construction of telecommunications networks, trenching, excavation, and paving, there will also be some work involving site preparation, electricians, traffic controllers, civil engineers, inspectors and office work. 

April 18, 2017

Will these be government or private sector jobs?

These will all be private sector jobs that are project specific, meaning that they are for the duration of the project. 

April 18, 2017

What is the tenure of the jobs? How long will they last?

The jobs will last no longer than the duration of the project, as the tasks are performed. 

April 18, 2017

Will you be purchasing services from local businesses?

Yes.  Our staff and contractors will be working in the area and will need hospitality services.  Additionally, the project will lease tools and equipment, traffic control, and will have some need of electricians and building contractors.

Broadband Services

April 18, 2017

What broadband speeds will be available?

Initial service on the backbone is 200 Gigabits-Per-Second and will grow as needed. We expect end-user services to be between 100-Megabits and 1-Gigabit, and the cost of service to be equal or cheaper than that in metropolitan areas.

April 10, 2017

What other telecommunications products will Digital 299 support?

Digital 299 will also support telephone and video. In areas where Digital 299 does not connect to residences or businesses, Inyo Networks will work with local service providers to provide backbone services connections for their networks.  In doing so, residents and businesses are likely to see the benefits of Digital 299 in their neighborhoods.

April 18, 2017

How fast is a Gigabit Internet Connection?

A Gigabit is 1,000 Megabits per second, which is between 300 to 1,000 times faster than DSL and 50 to 100 times faster than a cable connection.   Gigabit connections allow for uninterrupted streaming of video and lightning fast use of virtually all applications.   When completed the network for this region will be world-class and represent state-of-the-art communications.

April 18, 2017

As a resident of business in Lewiston, will this cost me anything?

No.  The development of the network will not cost the community any out of pocket expenses.  However, if and when you order services from the network, there will be a one-time fee and monthly recurring costs that you normally pay to telecommunications or utility service providers.

April 18, 2017

Am I required to sign up for services?

No.  However, if you are in the community of Lewiston, Inyo Networks will have a community outreach program in plan starting in Spring, 2018. 

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