Inyo Networks, a telecommunications service provider, is proposing to install fiber optic cable in Northern California extending from Eureka to Cottonwood. The project is funded in part by a grant from the California Public Utilities Commission and would support long-term connectivity for rural communities in the area, which have been identified by CPUC as unserved or underserved.

The proposed alignment will generally follow Highway 299. In total, approximately 280 miles of fiber optic line will be installed in buried underground conduit.

CPUC is requesting the public’s input to define the scope of the environmental study. The second of two open-house style public meetings will be held tonight, July 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Trinity County Library, 351 Main St., Weaverville. During the meeting, the public will be able to learn about the project and offer insights on issues that should be considered in the study. Comments are due by Aug. 12.

For project information and instructions for submitting comments, visit the project webpage at www.digital299.com or www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/transcon/digital_299_project/.

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