Level 3 Communications Inc. on Monday announced being part of a $66.6 million project that will bring advanced communications to rural, underserved areas throughout California's Central Valley.
The project will use more than 300 route miles of Level 3's infrastructure as part of a backbone network that will stretch across 18 counties, the Colorado-based network services operator said.
Thanks to a project that is a joint effort of the Central Valley Independent Network (CVIN LLC) and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, roughly 4 million people in nearly 2,000 communities will have access to broadband, according to Level 3. The project not only will grant businesses and homes access to a fiber backbone network. Upon its completion, other beneficiaries will include 64 anchor institutions, including K-12 and higher education providers, county and main libraries, health-care providers and public safety sites.
CVIN LLC's Vast Networks, a joint enterprise comprised of affiliates of several independent phone companies in central and northern California, will serve businesses and residences in the project area.
Level 3 said the project is being partly funded with $46.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.