Fiber Optic Upgrades To Colfax Area Means Improved Telephone, Internet and Television Services

The City of Colfax will soon be following other rural areas of Placer County when high-speed data services become available to residents and businesses. During the past several years Placer County’s Administrative Services Department has been actively working with private sector partners to extend these data services into the County’s rural communities. So far, Lake Tahoe, North Auburn, Monte Verde Estates and Iowa Hill have had television, internet and telephone services upgraded.

Wave Broadband has begun work to install fiber optic cable to customers in and near Colfax. The upgrade of the old system will significantly increase the offerings on cable television, making hundreds of channels available to subscribers. Video on demand and digital video recording will also become available. Additionally, high-speed internet service will be available in four different speeds, from three megabit up to 50 megabits. Telephone services will also upgraded with voicemail, caller ID and call waiting becoming options. Customers will be able to check their home voice mail through their e-mail subscription.

“We are pleased that we continue to make available to rural Placer County residents these high-speed communications services,” said Jerry Gamez, newly appointed director of Administrative Services. “We have been working diligently with our private partners to get this kind of connectivity to as many residents as possible.”

“More and more of the rural areas of Placer County are finally getting off the digital divide and being able to access these important and desired services,” said Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose 5th District encompasses much of eastern Placer County. “We appreciate the discussions we’ve had with Colfax to get to this point where we’re poised to install communication systems that are commonplace in the county’s more urban areas.”

According to Tom Carroll, Vice President of Operations with Wave Broadband, the project will be installed in two phases. Phase 1 is expected to be online sometime in the spring and will serve about 1,200 customers.

The project is now in the permitting phase and installation of the fiber optic network will begin after permits are secured. The timeline for the second phase has not yet been determined.