Global network operator Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) said today that it is playing an important role in California's $66.6M Central Valley Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project. The buildout, which is partly funded by $46.6M in stimulus funds, is creating 1,300 miles of fiber infrastructure throughout 18 counties in the Central Valley - a.k.a the place they grow everything.
To the left here is the network map for the CVNGBIP buildout, a larger version of which you can find on the project's website. As part of the effort, CVIN and CENIC will use 300 route miles from Level 3, which if you zoom in you can see includes segments of both the original Level 3 and WilTel networks. CENIC and Level 3 have been partners for a long time since the creation of CalREN of course.
It sometimes seems strange that we are still talking about the start of construction for stimulus projects some two years after the actual stimulus was voted on, but that's government funding for you.