The following official notices were published to inform the general public of the impacts of the Digital 395 Project. The location that these documents were published are noted in their title.
The California Broadband Cooperative, Inc. (CBC), as a grant recipient of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, proposes the installation of the Digital 395 Middle Mile Project, which includes approximately 593 miles of middle-mile fiber-optic cable and associated infrastructure to provide broadband service to unserved and undeserved areas in the Eastern Sierra.
The Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have prepared an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (EA/IS/MND) for the Digital 395 Middle Mile Project. The NTIA is the lead Federal agency responsible for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and the CPUC is the lead agency responsible for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The Digital 395 Middle Mile Project will be located between Carson City, Nevada, and Barstow, California. The route mainly follows the US 395 highway and crosses through San Bernardino, Kern, Inyo, and Mono Counties in California, and Douglas, Carson City, and Washoe Counties in Nevada. The proposed Project action involves the installation of underground optical fiber cables within California Department of Transportation right-of-way (ROW)/easements, county-maintained dirt roads, Nevada Department of Transportation ROW/easements, as well as a number of other agencies and jurisdictions, including Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Native American tribal reservations, Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Department of Defense (including Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and the United States Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center), State-owned lands, and City, County, and Regional lands. Buildings to be constructed are proposed within existing land use types zoned for utilities. The Project would not change any land use or zoning types.