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Quincy neighborhood to get high-speed Internet

Some of the attendees of a May 30 open house at Sierra Park in Quincy enjoy a moment in the sun. From left: Sierra Park developer Les Ellis, Supervisor Lori Simpson, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications General Manager Bob Marshall, Sierra Park Association President Michael Miller and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications Sales Manager Joe Okoneski. Photo by Dan McDonald

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

A Quincy neighborhood will soon be the first in the county to have high-speed Internet.

The Sierra Park community on Lee Road is expected to link up to Plumas-Sierra Telecommunication’s broadband services in July.

Plumas-Sierra General Manager Bob Marshall said Sierra Park represents a good template for how he expects the fiber optic network to expand “in pockets and clumps.”

“This is a great example of these guys organizing themselves and figuring out ‘How do we make this work?’” Marshall said. “It’s really a matter of when people come in groups, it’s so much cheaper.”

The cost to Sierra Park’s residents might be lower than in many communities. The homeowners benefited from being close to Plumas-Sierra’s main fiber optic line. The community’s developer also spent about $15,000 on infrastructure — including conduits to each home.

Les Ellis, of Sierra Park Property Development, said his company planned ahead for the fiber optic arrival. Sierra Park began installing conduits in 2006. Twelve of the small neighborhood’s 16 homeowners said they were willing to pay for the rest of the installation.

Ellis said each homeowner will pay $300 for the installation and $109 per month for the service.

Plumas-Sierra’s sales manager, Joe Okoneski, said the broadband service will produce speeds that are 10 times faster than DSL service, even during peak usage times.

During a May 30 open house at Sierra Park, Marshall and Okoneski emphasized that it’s up to neighbors to form groups if they want to tap Plumas-Sierra’s fast Internet. The more people in the group, the cheaper it will be for each of them.

“We are going to expect people to come out to us,” Marshall said. He added the nice thing about rural communities is people often help each other with projects. In this case, someone who owns a trencher could help dig a path to the main line.

“This isn’t a passive thing,” Marshall said. “People have to want it and be willing to work for it.”

Okoneski said many county buildings are already hooked up, as is much of downtown Quincy. He said Graeagle businesses will have service soon.

Marshall said Grizzly Ranch should be online later this year.

“We are going to grow our system organically,” Marshall said. “In Grizzly Ranch, we may be able to bring it up commercial in the first leg.”

He said each new community that hooks up will make it more cost-effective for the next group of neighbors down the line.

“You organize the next block of neighbors,” Marshall said. “They come in. Agree to do it. Eventually you get to Lake Davis.”

Okoneski said ideally 60 to 70 percent of the homeowners in a neighborhood should form a group.

“Greenhorn Ranch is a good example. We spoke with them earlier tonight and they said ‘Well, how can we get it?’” Okoneski said. “I said let’s get your people organized. Get them all in one place, and we’ll come up and talk. We’ll answer any questions. We’ll give you more information, so you can go out as a group and make a good, educated decision. And I think they are going to do that.”

Business and residential groups are encouraged to call Okoneski at 832-4126 or go to for more information.

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