[Davisgig] Electrical grid as a broadband carrier

Lorenzo Kristov cosimo91 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 09:11:09 PDT 2019


Chattanooga TN is a poster child for municipal broadband installed in conjunction with electric utility communication/control systems. They’ve been up and running for more than a decade with major benefits, including growth of high-tech businesses in the city. The effort was started by the electric utility in order to improve distribution reliability and performance, with city-wide high-speed internet a secondary benefit. There’s lots more info here:

https://ilsr.org/search_gcse/?q=chattanooga 

Jim is correct that the path to municipal broadband would be lots easier if VCE takes over PG&E’s electric distribution system. I don’t know if there are examples of cities installing municipal fiber if they don’t already have municipal electric utility. 

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> On Aug 14, 2019, at 11:04 PM, Jim Frame <jhframe at dcn.org> wrote:
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> Valley Clean Energy is planning to investigate the purchase PG&E's local electric infrastructure in light of the potential PG&E bankruptcy.  That opens some interesting possibilities.
> 
> On 8/14/2019 10:25 PM, Shneor Sherman via Davisgig wrote:
>> Chattanooga's locally owned (maybe municipal) electric utility did exactly that years ago, laying fiber along their grid. But PG&E?
>> Shneor Sherman
>> On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 9:05:35 PM PDT, Larry Dieterich <ls at whitewavedigital.com> wrote:
>> Is anyone on the list aware of examples where the electrical grid infrastructure is used to carry broadband fiber?
>> I ask because very recently Mexico announced that they will be providing Internet across the entire country in partnership with the electrical distribution network.
>> I’m wondering about the opportunities for Davis gig for partnering with PG&E or SMUD or some other electrical utility to utilize their existing power infrastructure to deliver broadband via fiber.
>> I’m wondering if there might be some benefit to these electric utilities to delivering high speed broadband to their customers.
>> Larry Dieterich
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