Digital 395 should break ground this month

The equipment is on the ground, the crews are ready to go, the studies have been done. Digital 395 is almost ready to break ground in Mono County. Almost.

“All that’s missing is a few, federal right-of-way permits that are still in the appeal process and some last minute work we are doing with the (Native American) tribes,” said private side developer for the project, Michael Ort.

That leaves Ort with about a year to actually construct the project and he said Monday that he is completely confident that the deadline will be met.

Digital 395 is a 563-mile-long high-speed broadband cable that will stretch from Mojave to Carson City, mostly paralleling U.S. 395. It was funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and is one of the top priorities in California for stimulus funding.