Bend Broadband is proposing to install middle mile fiber infrastructure in Central Oregon (across a variety of jurisdictional land boundaries such as city, BLM, and USFS lands) on existing transmission line structures and in existing transmission line rights of way. This fiber optic line would reduce the amount of fiber and equipment needed overall and provide high speed internet to the communities of Madras, Redmond, Prineville, Bend, Sunriver, and La Pine.
Construction includes the installation of fiber cabinets, aerial fiber installations on existing utility poles, underground fiber installation in existing ROWs and 3 new fiber poles. The Bend to La Pine and Spring Butte line would cross 18.7 miles of FS lands. Approximately 16.9 of these miles will be on overhead existing utility poles and 1.8 miles will be buried in existing utility easements.
This Decision Memo evaluates line installation only occurring on Forest Service lands.
Bend, Oregon to La Pine with a secondary line through the community of Sunriver to the Spring River communication site