REDDING, Calif.- "Fiber is an essential element of the future," says Barry Tippin, Chief Manager for the city of Redding." It is going to be beneficial from an economic standpoint and also to the extent that a city utilizes it’s ability to get fiber across the city. We can get fiber to all families across, regardless of economic status."
People in Redding could soon be surfing the highway when it comes to high speed internet.
"Everywhere you are, you can have access to the fastest internet," Tippin says.
For almost two years, the city of Redding has been looking into building a city-wide fiber network and how it could improve business.
"People are interested in the opportunities that it could provide," Tippin says. "If at the end of the study, we can demonstrate that we can provide super fast high speed fiber at a low cost, then I think the community would be all for that."
Tippin says the city is on an I-Net system-a private network both safe and fast. However, the city's cost varies because the system is pribvately owned and managed. Therefore, the hopes to take control of its internet service and switch to a fiber broadband system.
"If fiber is an essential service, it shoul dbe provided by the city," Tippin says. "It's a non-profit, it has different mechanisms as to why we want to do it as oppose to a private sector company."
When it comes to switching to fiber, Tippin says it's the best option.
"A lotof our city is not served by fiber currently," Tippin says. "As we move further and further into the 21st century, we believe that fiber is going to be important to a community and its residents."