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Grover Beach businesses to get fiber-optic internet connectivity

A sign welcomes visitors to Grover Beach.
A sign welcomes visitors to Grover Beach. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Digital West Networks Inc. is expanding its fiber-optic network into Grover Beach, a move that is expected to increase businesses’ internet speed and reliability and drive other businesses to the area.

The Grover Beach City Council approved the first phase of a 10-year fiber agreement in May to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet connectivity to the area’s businesses, according to a news release.

Digital West already provides IT infrastructure and cloud services in San Luis Obispo.

According to the release, Grover Beach’s proximity to the Pacific Crossing cable landing station, which connects networks across the world through submarine cables, will give businesses direct access to North and South American, Asian and other international markets.

Digital West will place new fiber-optic cable in the city’s key commercial and industrial areas with multiple connection points. The city will own the installed conduit infrastructure, and Digital West will pull fiber through the conduit and manage the broadband system, according to the release.

The next phase of the project will be a formal bidding process for the underground construction. Once a contractor is selected, work could start as early as August, according to the release.

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