Fiber Update: Your RSF Connect FAQs Answered

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The fiber network Central Office building is essentially complete, save for landscaping, and an electrical transformer installation by SDG&E. Once the building has electricity, Race Communications, our Internet Service Provider, will build fiber termination racks and equipment racks to house their electronics. As mentioned before, power outages won’t affect our network at all since Race will have a battery backup system, and the building has a generator that will power everything for at least a week.

This is going to be the last update until the installation contractor starts pulling fiber optics cables into the conduits that have been and continue to be installed. Since we’ve been getting lots of questions about this network, here’s a mini frequently asked questions section:

What’s Up With The Ruts in our Roads?

Once the final trench patches are paved, the road surface is smooth and you can’t tell the road has been patched by driving over it (for instance, the eastern part of Calzada Del Bosque has been properly paved over). The color will be different for a few months until it fades. Immediately after a trench has been closed, the installation contractor puts a temporary patch which is uneven and annoying to drive on. The paving contractor should pave the patch properly in one-to-two weeks after the temporary patch has been put in place, but the unusual amount of rain we’ve been getting has slowed this part of the process down.

Who is profiting from the fiber optic network?

The fiber optic network is 100% owned by the Association. The Board has said that they do not want to make a profit from it. They will continue to draw money from the Association’s Community Enhancement Fund (used to be called the Open Space Fund), as well as charge a surcharge on the monthly Internet service fees until the network installation costs are paid off.

The installation company was chosen through a competitive bid process and the lowest-cost bid was chosen.

The Internet Service Provider, Race, will, of course, profit from running the network when they deliver gigabit Internet to Association members. But, again, the ISP was chosen through a competitive bid process, and, again, the lowest-monthly-fee bidder was chosen. Their charge, at $70 per month for gigabit service is very cost competitive in the industry and especially cost competitive in Rancho Santa Fe (note that the Association will impose a surcharge on that $70/month to help pay for the network until the installation costs are paid for).

Won’t This Network Be Outmoded By The Time It Is Complete?

The fiber optic network will not be outmoded in our lifetimes. Race will deliver gigabit speeds this year, and can, on a customer-by-customer basis, upgrade each customer to 10 gigabits, if there was such demand. Moreover, even higher speeds are possible even now (but not economic). As electronics costs come down, the network could support speeds to 100 gigabits per second or even higher. There is no better technology available than what we are installing in the roads.

 


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