Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications is pleased to announce that it has accepted grant awards totaling almost $23 million to bring high-speed broadband internet to areas in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties.
The four new California Advanced Services Fund grants will bring broadband to some of the hardest-to-reach areas of our region. The grant areas include Elysian Valley, part of Doyle, Johnstonville, eastern Sierra Valley, C-Road/Mohawk Vista, parts of Cromberg/Spring Garden/Greenhorn Ranch and Old Truckee Road is Sierraville.
CASF, whose purpose is to help bridge the digital divide in unserved and underserved areas in the state, was started in 2007 and is part of the California Public Utilities Commission. PST previously received six grants totaling more than $13 million in the areas of Scott Road, C-Road, Mohawk Vista, Elysian Valley, Johnstonville, Keddie, Lake Davis, and Johnsville. PST received funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act in 2010 when PST constructed its middle-mile fiber optic network backbone from Reno, Nevada, north to Susanville and west to Quincy.
PST will be constructing the network with many interconnection points and will deploy various technologies to reach as many customers as possible. Construction is set to begin in 2022 pending weather conditions and availability of materials.
These projects will not only benefit PST but also Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, the member-owned electric utility that owns PST. Installation of fiber optics along PSREC’s lines will increase the footprint of PSREC’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system.
These systems help Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric quickly identify and resolve power outages by collecting data from the electric system and relaying that information back to the central control center at PSREC’s office in Portola. Commands are also able to be issued from the PSREC office, reducing the time that would have previously been spent traveling to and from substations. Since the data is delivered in near real-time, the SCADA system is extremely valuable to ensuring the safe, reliable and stable operation of the grid.
PST would like to extend its thanks to the Northeastern California Connect Consortium, Director Jason Schwenkler, and all the NECCC staff for their help in securing these grant funds.
If you have not already contacted PST to be added to its interest list, call 832-4126 or visit www.pst.coop.
About Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications
Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative providing high-quality, high-speed broadband services to Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties in California and Washoe County, Nevada. Headquarters are located in Portola, California. Founded in 1937, PSREC is a member-owned electric distribution, transmission and generation utility providing electrical power and related services to more than 7,500 member/owners in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties in California, and parts of Washoe County, Nevada. The cooperative is controlled by the membership through an elected seven-person board of directors.