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The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to approve a $286,398 grant to Verizon California, Inc. to bring high-speed internet broadband service to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake even before the Digital 395 project is completed, according to Steven Kalish.
Kalish is a Swall Meadows resident who has been working on the issue for several years.
The cable must be in place by Jan. 28, Kalish said.
âThey are under orders to get it done by then,â he said.
The new cable is considered to be âmitigationâ for previous violations made by Verizon when the company strung aboveground cable between Crowley Lake and Mammoth Lakes without the necessary permit for aboveground cables, he said.
âThe grant will cover about 34 percent of the project cost,â Kalish said in an email to the Mammoth Times.
âDownload speeds of three megabytes to 10 megabytes per second, and uploads of at least one megabyte per second, will be available to Verizon landline customers for $39 per month, with a one-year service commitment. There will also be a one-time fee of $75 for modem and service activation.â (Non-landline customers can also obtain standalone broadband service, at a higher cost.)
âThe new high-speed broadband service will utilize existing copper phone lines to residences, which will be connected through new nodes to Verizonâs existing fiber optic cable running between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes,â he said.Â
The grant approval was made byÂ Resolution T-17350, which will be available on the PUCâs website at www.cpuc.ca.gov, he said.