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Internet Around Santa Cruz County

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Cruzio is excited to be building competitive community fiber in the City of Santa Cruz. But we know there’s a lot more to be done around the County.

Cruzio is a Santa Cruz County-based provider — our business and employees are all local. We have members from Boulder Creek to Pajaro and everywhere in between. So we care a lot about good infrastructure all around the County, enabling us to serve all our customers. And almost everywhere, the infrastructure we need for the future still needs to be built. Installing it will be a big job.

Cruzio has to invest one step at a time, and the City of Santa Cruz is first for a number of reasons:
  1. We already have two fiber hubs and a data center in the City. It’s efficient for us to build out from here.
  2. The City of Santa Cruz has been extremely interested and helpful in planning a project with us.
  3. We’ve got to start somewhere.

What Cruzio’s Doing to Improve Service Around the County

We’re working on other areas too. Here’s what is happening around the County:

1. We’ve already started putting fiber around the County. We have built out a fiber hub in Scotts Valley and, with the help of the City of Watsonville, are planning one in that city too.

2. Our fiber-backed wireless network reaches many areas. Wireless technology has come a long way in the last few years and we are confident it’s as fast and as reliable as wired networks. (The issue with wireless isn’t quality — it’s how many people we can serve.) When we can reach you, we guarantee you will love the service.

3. Cruzio pushed hard for the Sunesys project, which will bring a fiber backbone down the middle of Santa Cruz County in the next few years and will help us connect houses and businesses throughout the area.

4. We are hoping to replicate the model we’re using for the City of Santa Cruz for other areas of the County that have similar community support.

5. Cruzio is working with local officials like Assemblyman Mark Stone, Supervisor Zach Friend (a shout out to Stone and Friend staffers Kieran Kelly and Patrick Mulhearn!) and others. We regularly speak at meetings encouraging community activism on broadband infrastructure. We’re an active member of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium. We are pushing hard for anything that will help get broadband to lower income and hard-to-reach areas.

What You Can Do to Encourage Broadband Around the County:
1. Let Cruzio know you want it: enter your location here and we will reach out to you.
2. Let your elected officials know it’s a priority.
3. Join our independent network as a customer. It’s a network: every point helps us reach other points.

Santa Cruz and the Big, Rare, Red Lunar Eclipse

 

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If you’re like us at Cruzio, you get excited about planetary events. This Sunday, September 27th 2015, is a peachy one. There will be a total lunar eclipse at the same time there’s a harvest moon — the biggest moon of the year. The moon looks big when it’s close, and this is the closest it comes, or the “perigee.”  It will look 14% bigger than usual.

The moon will also look red. Here’s why.

Here’s when to look for the eclipse on the West Coast:

   Pacific Daylight Time (September 27, 2015)
   Partial umbral eclipse begins: 6:07 p.m. PDT on September 27
   Total eclipse begins: 7:11 p.m. PDT
   Greatest eclipse: 7:47 p.m. PDT
   Total eclipse ends: 8:23 p.m. PDT
   Partial eclipse ends: 9:27 p.m. PDT

Note that sunset on September 27th is supposed to occur at 6:58 pm. It won’t be fully dark for much of the event. This, plus our often-present fog, will make it less dependably spectacular than it might be in other parts of the country. If it’s too foggy to get a good look, as an alternative NASA will be streaming the event live. 

So will Sky and Telescope.

And you’ll be able to go back and look at the video afterward, if you miss it.

Here’s the visibility predicted for that day:

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Fingers crossed for clear skies! See you under the moon…

Cabrillo College Providing Free Tuition to Local High School Students

Great news from Cabrillo College! Some really valuable opportunities for local high school students. Here’s the press release from John Graulty, the Dean of Visual, Applied, & Performing Arts at Cabrillo:

Cabrillo College is thrilled to be offering a major new initiative for high school students interested in concurrently enrolling in Cabrillo College courses. The Cabrillo College Division of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts, in particular, has greatly expanded its visual and performing arts offerings at the College’s Watsonville Center this coming spring term, 2015, and has scheduled these courses at times that are especially “high school student friendly”!

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Keep the Internet Weird: Net Neutrality

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The FCC can protect the internet. Or it can let giant corporations police themselves.

The Internet has revolutionized communication. No doubt about it. Any John or Jane Doe can post on the Internet to express their thoughts or display their wares. The cost of publishing is low; the cost of reading is low, and there’s a vast variety of Web sites in ever-new formats.

At Cruzio, we provide our users with the ability to read anything on the Web and to write anything they like, just so long as they don’t break any laws. That’s called net neutrality.

What’s Net Neutrality and How Does It Affect Us?

Net neutrality means that carriers like Cruzio should continue to let Internet sites get to your computer without favoritism or, worse, censorship. Without net neutrality, Internet service providers like Cruzio, but also like AT&T, Time Warner, and Comcast could charge some Web sites for accessibility. You wouldn’t be able to get some sites as fast as others. Perhaps you wouldn’t be able to get some some sites at all. That would significantly change the way the Internet works.

If you were a large internet provider who owned a news network, and no one could tell you not to, would you make your own news programs the easiest to watch?

Under net neutrality, Internet providers and telecomm companies have flourished. Web-based businesses such as Google, Ebay and MySpace have emerged from small beginnings to capture wide public acceptance.

But after years of telecomm consolidation and deregulation, the era of open, neutral access to the Web may come to a close. The big telecommunications companies may simply have enough clout to change the way the Internet is set up so they can favor their own corporate partners.

What Can We Do About It?

Some people say consumers will never stand for corporate-controlled access to Web sites; that any such attempt will “spur outrage.” That remains to be seen.

Currently, large telecommunications companies are pushing Congress to pass the “COPE” act — H.R. 5252. It is slated to come up for a vote soon, with little public fanfare and much corporate backing. Advocates of net neutrality say this bill is a threat. You might want to learn about it and express your opinion to your representative on the subject. For more information, here are some useful sites:

http://savetheinternet.com/
http://www.eff.org/