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New fiber optic network nearing completion in Santa Maria

Posted at 7:37 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 01:13:06-04

The city of Santa Maria says it’s making progress on building a fiber optic network.

Crews are installing fiber optic cables across the city to provide high-speed internet access to the community. The city set a goal of January 2019 to finish its work. When it is finished, schools, businesses, and farmers will all have access to the network.

Installation is free for the city as the project is being completed through a non-monetary swap agreement with Wave Technology.

“We’ve partnered with Wave Technology who are outreaching to the businesses to supply the businesses, so it’s a good public-private partnership,” said Santa Maria City Manager Jason Stillwell.

The city plans to begin testing the service in January before opening up to the public.