Digital 299 Broadband Project

Summary

SCH Number
2022010017
Lead Agency
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Document Title
Digital 299 Broadband Project
Document Type
JD - Joint Document
Received
Document Description
Vero Fiber Networks, LLC proposes to install approximately 300 miles of new conduit and fiber optic cables to provide internet to unserved or underserved communities in northern California. The Project route generally follows the State Route 299 corridor through Trinity, Shasta, and Humboldt counties. Conduit would be installed within pre-disturbed road shoulders. The Project also includes the construction of up to five small regeneration buildings (ILA buildings) placed along the route. Some last-mile connections would be attached to utility poles during a second phase of the Project. The Project crosses lands and waters managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Lands Commission, State Water Resources Control Board, and Hoopa Reservation. These agencies have collaborated to leverage a joint Environmental Assessment/Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration (EA/ISMND) and associated technical studies to demonstrate compliance and support their separate decisions and permits.

Contact Information

Name
Andrew Barnsdale
Agency Name
California Public Utilities Commission
Job Title
Senior Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Name
Tommy Alexander
Agency Name
Transcon Environmental
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Location

Counties
Humboldt, Shasta, Trinity
Regions
Northern California
Other Location Info
300 miles between Redding and Eureka, CA, generally following State Route 299

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Development Types
Other (Fiber optic broadband infrastructure)
Local Actions
Various local encroachment permits along the route; coastal development permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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