Process to bring broadband to Ranch continues

RANCHO SANTA FE — Bringing high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet service to Rancho Santa Fe continues to be a long process. It includes proposal studies, interviewing the finalists who submitted proposals, and then ultimately negotiating an agreement.

At this moment, there is no official timeframe slated.

However, being that broadband is an ongoing project it was brought back to the board of directors for an update as well as an action item.

According to the RSF Association manager, Bill Overton, at an August strategic planning meeting, the RSF Association Board of Directors determined that bringing high-speed fiber optic broadband service to the Covenant was one of its goals and top priorities for the 2015-16 year.

“The board has heard from residents that high-speed Internet service is critical to them,” Overton said.

Overton also pointed out that the Association received a total of 11 “letters of interest” in the months from September through November from interested parties wanting to bring high-speed Internet services to the Ranch.

The Technology Committee is currently in talks with two finalists, Overton said. The finalists are Hotwire Communications and Symmetrical.

Also part of this agenda item was the approval of two consulting contracts of Magellan and Peace & Shea. Funding was approved for phase 2 for these consulting services needed to bring this project closer to fruition, Overton said.

“Magellan is the country’s top consultant in helping communities plan and implement broadband service,” Overton said. “Peace & Shea is a San Diego Law Firm that is assisting us with this project.”

During the course of the meeting, approval of a resolution for assessment liens was also an action item.

“Board approval is required to assess liens to properties for which assessments are past due per the Association’s collection policy,” Overton said.

Following this action item, the board then branched off into a discussion regarding these assessments. This was not an action item. Overton shared how the board recognized how these assessments varied greatly among property owners as assessments are based on property valuations as set by the County of San Diego.

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