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City could pursue new fiber optic system

Posted: Friday, Sep 6th, 2013

WATSONVILLE The Watsonville City Council will consider Tuesday approving a plan for the city to build its own fiber optic system, which would be cost-effective in the long run, according to officials.

Estimated at $480,000, the system would be implemented in two phases, according to a report by Steve Palmisano, director of public works and utilities. The first phase, estimated to be completed this month, would involve repairing and upgrading existing conduits and utility boxes.

By January, the next phase would see the installation of new fiber optic lines from the City Information Technology office to Fowle Reservoir, Watsonville High School, the Veterans Memorial Building, the Watsonville Municipal Airport and Fire Station 2.

This proposal was prompted due to the city's agreement with Charter Communications, which is slated to expire on June 30, 2014. Charter currently provides the city with free Internet and cable services to select public facilities, as well as a network to connect six remote city facilities and four public access programming channels, stated a report by Mario Maldonado, deputy city manager.

For the complete article see the 09-07-2013 issue.

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