Etheric Networks Lights Up Gigabit Fiber + Wireless Broadband Service in San Juan Bautista

New High-Speed Network Brings Reliable Internet Service to Homes and Businesses in Town Including Nearby Farms and Ranches

Etheric’s radios have been mounted to the city water tank, which has excellent line of sight for much of the city

SAN MATEO, Calif. – July 20, 2022 – Etheric Networks, a leading provider of fiber + wireless internet service in the Bay Area, today announced the completion of its newest project in San Juan Bautista. This expansion brings significant new internet options to hundreds of businesses and homes in town. For more information, please visit ethericnetworks.com/SJB

Earlier this year Etheric opened a data center at the Windmill Market complex that provides the fiber backbone for the network. Bandwidth is distributed to customers via radio dish arrays mounted to the city water tank. Phase 1 of the network will provide service to all of downtown San Juan Bautista, extending approximately 1.5 miles into the surrounding community. 

About Etheric Fiber + Wireless Internet

  • Etheric goes where DSL and cable can’t – Fiber + wireless networks deliver Gigabit speeds via radio waves transmitted to an antenna located on the exterior of a home or business – no trenching is required. 
  • A high-speed connection can serve an entire building – or farm! – Apartments and multi-tenant businesses can share service to reduce cost. And with a reliable and robust connection to the internet, growers can take advantage of today’s smart agriculture tools to increase crop yields and overall efficiency.
  • Scalable to meet the needs of rural communities – With the ever-improving power and range of today’s technology, service can be delivered to remote communities where fiber doesn’t make sense economically or ecologically. 
Etheric fiber+ wireless service requires line of sight – buildings that can be seen from the water tank are great candidates

Patricia Yamada, San Juan Bautista Resident, said: “The minute I heard there was a new high-speed internet option for San Juan Bautista I called to schedule a survey. Installation was quick and easy, and I now enjoy true broadband speeds. As a lifelong San Juan Bautista resident and entrepreneur, I am so glad to have this level of service in our city, and would highly recommend Etheric to anyone looking for better internet connectivity.”

Andrew Brickweg, Community & Government Outreach Director, Etheric Networks, said: “It is rewarding to work in cooperation with small rural communities like the City of San Juan Bautista to design and build broadband solutions that benefit its residents and businesses. We are pleased to be a part of San Juan Bautista’s growth, and look forward to seeing our network serve this historic city into the future.”

About Etheric Networks

Etheric Networks is a leading internet service provider dedicated to delivering fast, reliable, and affordable broadband connectivity for business, government and residential clients. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Etheric spans the greater Bay Area, using a wholly-owned fiber backbone and licensed broadband fixed wireless towers.

Etheric Networks Brings Gigabit Fiber + Wireless Internet to San Juan Bautista

New dedicated broadband network and data center addresses the rising demand for reliable connections for schools, small businesses, and home-based workers and learners.

Aerial View of San Juan Bautista

SAN MATEO, Calif. – June 13, 2022 – Etheric Networks, a leading provider of fiber + wireless internet service in the Bay Area, today announced that its newest project in San Juan Bautista is nearing completion. This expansion brings significant new internet options to hundreds of businesses and homes in town, with planned expansion into nearby farms and communities. For more information, please visit ethericnetworks.com/San-Benito-County.

Earlier this year Etheric opened a data center at the Windmill Market complex that provides the fiber backbone for the network. Bandwidth will be distributed to customers via radio dish arrays mounted to the city water tank. Phase 1 of the network will provide service to all of downtown San Juan Bautista, with delivery starting in July.

Many pandemic-related lifestyle changes have become permanent, particularly working and learning from home, making access to reliable internet an even more critical part of our infrastructure. Today’s news furthers Etheric’s mission to provide high-quality internet to underserved areas to meet today’s (and tomorrow’s) needs for reliable connectivity.

About Etheric Fiber + Wireless Internet

  • Etheric goes where DSL and cable can’t – Fiber + wireless networks deliver Gigabit speeds via radio waves transmitted to an antenna located on the exterior of a home or business – no trenching is required.
  • One high-speed connection can serve an entire building – Apartments and multi-tenant businesses can share service to reduce cost.
  • Scalable to meet the needs of rural communities – With the ever-improving power and range of today’s technology, service can be delivered to remote communities where fiber doesn’t make sense economically or ecologically.
San Juan Bautista City Hll
San Juan Bautista City Hall

Don Reynolds, San Juan Bautista City Manager, said: “We were pleased to work with Etheric, who had a vision for bringing 21st century connectivity to our historic town, without adding unsightly towers or digging up our streets. Having our own fiber backbone and dedicated data center will not only serve the existing community, but also attract more opportunities to our city.”

Alexander Hagen, CEO, Etheric Networks, said: “Etheric was founded to deliver capabilities and speeds that the large providers haven’t yet achieved, and we are committed to exploring new ways to provide cutting edge, next-generation services to our community using an energy-efficient, green approach. The service we are bringing to San Juan Bautista is multi-gigabit, backed by our own dark fiber with direct peering connections to all premium Silicon Valley content delivery networks such as Apple, Netflix, Google, and Yahoo.”

About Etheric Networks

Etheric Networks is a leading internet service provider dedicated to delivering fast, reliable, and affordable connectivity for business, government and residential clients. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Etheric spans the greater Bay Area, using a wholly-owned fiber backbone and licensed broadband fixed wireless towers.

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Etheric Technology Update – June 2022

Fiber Backbone Update

Etheric Networks is in the process of rolling out network services, utilizing our dark fiber backbone. We are putting into place a next generation 100 Gbps high- performance backbone, maintaining latencies very close to the speed of light. Whether you are in Salinas, Watsonville, or Pleasanton, we aim to get you a less than 2 milliseconds connection over our backbone to popular providers such as Google, Facebook, Netflix and many more, as well as our top-tier internet peering points.

The rollout of our Fiber Ring from San Francisco, San Rafael, and Oakland down to Santa Cruz Salinas and Soledad is coming online now. Things are taking slightly longer than we had hoped with the main ring fully coming online in June 2022, and the southern elements occurring in Q3.

REGIONAL NEWS

Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties

Over the next 3 months, we are deploying next-generation 100 Mbps and gigabit services, using licensed band microwave and millimeter-wave as well as the open-access spectrum elements. Our first wave will be on our existing network in the Morgan Hill to San Juan Bautista corridor and the greater Watsonville area, followed by our expansion into the greater Salinas area. We will be reaching out to our subscribers to discuss upgrading to our higher capacity systems as they become available. If you are in San Benito county, please visit our new web portal for the latest news on San Juan Bautista, which will be finished in July!

Mount Madonna

In spite of delays caused by supply chain issues, we are on track to go live with the long-awaited 100+ megabit download service from Mount Madonna this summer! Stay tuned for more news on this, and thanks for your patience as we complete this major upgrade. 

Silicon Valley 

In June 2022, we are adding two systems to provide higher capacity 100-200 Megabit service to customers in the Silicon Valley area.

San Mateo

Etheric brought gigabit fixed wireless to downtown San Mateo in March! This technology supports greater-than-gigabit speeds for customers with high-performance requirements.

UPCOMING PROJECTS 

Major Bay Area City: Citywide Wi-Fi, gigabit fiber and fixed wireless to the home

Etheric is working with a major Bay Area city on a project to provide both gigabit fixed wireless and fiber to the building. We cannot reveal which City yet, but we look forward to announcing this in Q3 and helping them become the smartest Smart City in the West!

Federal FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

Etheric is awaiting a decision from the California Public Utilities Commission on the status of our ETC designation. This is the final step for our $248 million support to build out gigabit services to underserved communities in 23 California counties. If you or someone you know lives in one of our awarded areas, writing a letter to the PUC or phoning in during the public comments portion of their public meetings to make your voice heard is always an option! 

RDOF Map

Other Accomplishments

Etheric has continued to upgrade many of its licensed microwave backbone links – and is in the process of bringing fiber to its Loma Prieta Tower. These changes improve not only performance but the reliability of Etheric’s network.

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Technology & Service Updates

Etheric Technology and Service Updates

Happy New Year from all of us at Etheric! One of my jobs as CEO is to look ahead and plan the future of our network. Here’s a look at what’s cooking for 2022.

CBRS Long Range Fixed Wireless Services

Affordable 100 megabit+ symmetric service in San Benito and Monterey Counties. Etheric has acquired licensed spectrum in these two counties and will be rolling out services capable of achieving 100 megabits and greater at long range. We also acquired licenses for Inyo, Mono, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties.

G10 of our long range fixed wireless network 

We will be rolling out our first “G10” wireless service which is a leapfrog in technology. It allows 3 times the number of customers per access point, at speeds of greater than 100 mbps upload and download. Stay tuned for announcements of where we will be deploying this.

Expansion of our Fiber Ring

We have completed our fiber data center lighting at the pre-eminent data center in San Francisco. We have also completed our fiber data center at San Juan Bautista. We are on track to bring 100 megabit and greater symmetric service from San Juan Bautista in Q1.

Short Range Full Gigabit Base Stations “Gigacell 2.0”

This year these gigabit services have matured, and we are deploying Gigacell 2.0. Back in 2018, some of you may recall our first gigabit wireless systems that could be affordable for regular consumers were launched, the GigaCell. These Gigacells were very short range (a quarter mile from our base station or so.) The Gigacell 2.0 will reach 1 mile or greater, substantially increasing its viability.

High Availability Solutions

We continue to offer dual path solutions to businesses and Home Office customers. We have upgraded some of our core routers to the most advanced routers in the market, and are continuing to upgrade all the core routers. We are also increasing battery at our cellular base stations and evaluating adding wind turbines for power generation during periods of cloudy, rainy or night weather.

Network Design Services

For campus networks, city networks and data center “Cloud” networks, Etheric can help you design large scale networks. We have been told that our network designs are some of the best in the industry, and are currently working with some local municipalities to realize next-generation networks to assist schools and cities to have enough bandwidth during these times where internet connectivity is increasingly vital.

Alexander Hagen, Founder & CEO

“We work hard for the next generation,
We work hard for the current generation,
And we must work hard for the previous generation”

– From my previous life at NTT DoCoMo

New Base Station Serving Watsonville and Moss Landing

Expanded service in South Santa Cruz and North Monterey Counties addresses the rising demand for reliable home connections and dedicated community networks

SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 25, 2021 – Etheric Networks, the leading provider of wireless internet service in the Bay Area, today announced that its newest tower is now providing service to Watsonville and Moss Landing. This expansion brings significant new internet options to hundreds of businesses and residences and strengthens Etheric’s ability to support robust private community networks in hard-to-reach areas.

The ongoing Covid 19 pandemic has forced businesses, schools and social groups to work, learn and build community online. Many of these changes could be permanent, making access to reliable internet an even more critical part of our infrastructure. Today’s news furthers Etheric’s ongoing mission to provide reliable broadband to the underserved in California.

  • Fixed wireless goes where DSL and cable can’t – Fixed wireless delivers internet via radio waves transmitted from a tower to an antenna located on the exterior of a home or business. Because the receiver and the transmitter require a clear line of sight in order to communicate, every installation requires a survey to confirm service availability. 
  • Energy independence for reliable uptime – Etheric’s new Watsonville tower is entirely independent of the power grid, with solar-powered systems backed up by natural gas generators that ensure internet service is not interrupted by PG&E power outages. 
  • Fixed wireless meets new demands for private community networks – Interest in private communication hubs to provide needed bandwidth to those working and learning from home has increased significantly over the last year. Etheric’s dedicated fiber backbone and one-hop peering connections to all major Bay Area data centers allows the company to rapidly deploy community-wide solutions that can offer significant savings for members.

Kyle Garrone, Production Manager at Far West Fungi, said: “Etheric Networks came through for us! After suffering with slow DSL for years, we now have fast, reliable broadband that makes every day easier. It has been a game changer – no more lag time or failed transactions mean happier employees and confident managers. We are looking forward to adding more smart agriculture tools like sensors and monitors. Etheric stands behind what they build, and will work with you every step of the way to make sure you get exactly what you need. All of our offices now work together seamlessly, and we couldn’t be happier with the service.”

Alexander Hagen, CEO, Etheric Networks, said: “These are extraordinary times, as households and organizations struggle to get reliable broadband access for working and learning from home. We are seeing an incredible demand, and our investment in new infrastructure could not have come at a better time. Etheric was founded to bring customers together, and we are dedicated to continuing this legacy as we explore new ways to provide powerful services to our community.”

Advancements Video

Etheric Networks was featured on the cable series “Advancements” hosted by Ted Danson. Here’s the full clip about the company’s mission to bring internet to underserved communities in California. Speaking are Freny Cooper (COO, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership), Laura Schaub (Communications Director, Etheric Networks), Andrew Brickweg (Government Outreach Director, Etheric Networks) and Alexander Hagen, (CEO and Founder Etheric Networks).

 

Full Transcript

Narrator: Today, the internet has become unavoidable in our daily lives. From education to online shopping to running basic business operations, the internet provides us with the information and knowledge required for modern living.

Alexander Hagen: We saw that from the pandemic that, you know, in emergencies, people can’t even function without the internet [and this] created a severe crisis in schools worldwide.

You know, it’s essential for communication, for commerce, for business, for education and also with our climate emergency. It’ll be very helpful as we adapt to more telecommuting.

Narrator: With instant gratification at our fingertips, many find it hard to believe that millions still lack adequate access to the internet. As broadband becomes more available, the problem of reaching remote and rural areas only continues to grow.

Freny Cooper: A study by BroadbandNow in 2020 estimated that 42 million Americans do not have access to the internet. Especially in rural areas, internet service might be upwards of $100 a month and not everyone can afford that.

Andrew Brickweg: Today’s digital world can really highlight the challenges of living without internet in a rural area. For example, if you need to apply for a job, most jobs you have to apply for on your computer online. If you don’t have adequate internet, you can’t deposit your checks on your mobile app. You have to go to the bank. If you go camping, even the campgrounds have Wi-Fi. So these small things can make a big difference in people’s lives.

Narrator: Challenging the foundations of social and economic norms around the world, the COVID 19 pandemic showed the world why it’s critical to have access to dependable internet connectivity.

Laura Schaub: The COVID 19 pandemic has really shone a light on how much we have grown to depend on the internet over the last 30 years. What was once a luxury is now a necessity, and people who can’t yet get reliable internet are feeling intense frustration. At Etheric Networks our goal is to provide robust, reliable internet to everyone, regardless of where they live.

Narrator: While sections of society who are already connected adopt newer technologies, groups with traditionally lower rates for internet and computer usage continue to lag far behind.

Andrew Brickweg: The digital divide really, I think, is defined by the physical and social isolation that it causes for those who don’t have adequate coverage. When you look at income levels, if you’re in a rural area and you’re very wealthy and you own a home on a mountain top, you’ll figure out a way to get internet for you and your family. But people in rural areas have little, or no choices.

Freny Cooper: The reason why large carriers can’t connect everyone is they’re not motivated to go to rural areas where it’s less densely populated. It doesn’t makes financial sense for anyone to extend fiber to those rural areas.

Narrator: Working with government communities and private entities to deliver gigabit speeds where legacy providers can’t Etheric Networks is on a mission to bring good broadband to more than 60,000 locations in California.

Alexander Hagen: I started Etheric Networks in 2003 to give people choice. DSL had a lot of problems with encapsulating packets, which means that people couldn’t use VPNs very well with DSL, and the whole telecom structure is extremely bureaucratic. The development of the internet with ethernet, such as the name Etheric Networks, is a very clean protocol and it allows standards, and it allows individual people to form up and start organizing networks.

In the beginning, we actually rated as the fastest ISP in the world on DSL Reports, and  we will be the fastest ISP in the world for upload later this year.

Andrew Brickweg:  In California, much of our state is defined by rugged terrain and hard to reach areas. We know we can deliver service to these hard to reach areas because we’ve been doing it for 18 years.

Narrator: Backed by private fiber, emergency power solutions and rapid deployment field technicians, fixed-wireless provides a trusted connection that is designed to stay up even when the power goes down.

Alexander Hagen:  Photons, when they’re traveling with a lot of energy, are light, and as the energy slows, they turn into waves. So fixed-wireless is similar to fiber, except you’re moving through free space. It’s actually slightly faster than fiber because fiber reduces the speed of the photons because of the sheathing and the glass. Whereas the air slows it down less. We’re talking about 180 miles per milisecond…maybe 170 with fixed-wireless and 140 with fiber.

Laura Schaub: The coolest thing about fixed wireless is its flexibility, it has a small footprint and reaches a wide area. Etheric Network specializes in bringing internet to hard to reach areas, particularly rural areas, using a combination of dark fiber, fixed-wireless towers and spectrum. Our engineers excel at creating solutions to reach the most remote areas. And then once installed, we monitor those from our offices so that our field technicians would know exactly what’s going on at any one time, and can make repairs and updates quickly.

Narrator: A fixed wireless network built with redundancy and reliability in mind has the potential to outperform legacy connections time and time again.

Alexander Hagen:  The future of internet is going to be very important to be able to get extremely high speeds everywhere without generating huge amounts of pollution in the process. And that’s where fixed-wireless really fits in. We can equip our transmitter stations with solar. We can not only transmit without any carbon footprint, we can also recharge our vehicles. And then at the community level, it could be operated by the local municipality. Other cases, it could be operated by private operators and/or owned by private operators. There’s a hybrid ownership model that will be emerging and we have to be competitive globally. The United States is lagging behind the other industrial countries in broadband deployment.