The El Dorado County Middle-Mile Fiber Optic Project (proposed project) would install a network of underground fiber optic cables aligned in the existing public right-of-way (ROW) within three project areas of Cool, Garden Valley, and Georgetown. The fiber optic routes would pass a variety of commercial and industrial parcels, residential areas, and public and private facilities; the proposed fiber optic routes are shown on Figure 2. The project does not include last-mile connections to residential, commercial, and industrial parcels; however, the project does include the construction of handholes, vaults, and splice points along the route so that future users can connect to the network after the project is completed. The project would install fiber optic cables along major roads and highways for the fiber optic routes, using existing public ROW. No ROW acquisition would be required under the project and staging areas would be within public ROW or previously developed public property (such as corporation yards, parking lots, etc.). The fiber optic cables would be installed using directional boring and/or open trenching. Typical depth would be 18 inches below surface, or lower if needed to avoid other utilities. Trenches would be a minimum of 18 inches deep, and approximately 12 inches wide.