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Auburn California Internet Service Provider
November 29, 2015
California Internet Service Provider
We partnered with DigitalPath
because they have the fastest
wireless service at the best prices.

Call us at (530) 478-9822 for service
availability in the Nevada County, CA region.
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In a rural geographically diverse area such as ours, there are many places where DSL or cable service is not available. Fixed wireless is your best bet. Spiral Internet partners with DigitalPath (a Wireless Internet Service Provider or WISP) because we've found that they offer the most reliable and cost-effective Internet, at speeds that will let you watch streaming video. If we can't offer you DSL, call us at (530) 478-9822 and we’ll let you know if DigitalPath service is available at your location.

You can get 3 Megabits per second (Mbps) down / 1 Mbps up for $55.95 per month, and 6 Mbps down / 1 Mbps down for only $10 more per month. These are not promotional rates that will be raised after one year of service. Fair and predictable pricing. We like that. At speeds that Netflix likes, too. Since service requires that the antenna dish be able to "see" the tower (called "line of sight") where the DigitalPath signal originates, installation sometimes requires that the dish be installed in a tree. Monthly prices for service with tree installation are $15 extra per month. So, $70.95 per month for 3 Mbps / 1 Mbps and $80.95 per month for 6 Mbps / 1 Mbps.

Other WISP's numbers can be misleading. Some wireless providers offer similar prices for "burstable" speeds that give you high download rates for short periods, and then throttle down to far lower values such as 512kbps, 768kbps, or 1.5Mbps. Such speeds are no longer tolerable for anything but general email and some website browsing. Netflix will not work if your provider says they offer "burstable" speeds of 3+ Mbps. Always ask what sustained speed you can expect.

Unfortunately, data limits are a fact of life with wireless providers, as the nature of the technology involves fierce competition for limited bandwidth in the broadcast spectrum. There are no WISPs offering unlimited access in Nevada County, but Digital Path offers limits that better support higher-intensity uses such as streaming video. The 3 MBps service comes standard with 75 GB of transfer per month, and the 6 Mbps service comes with 100 GB per month (upgradable to 150 GB for just $5 more) — that's about double what other local WISPs offer at similar price points.

Spiral believes that moving toward the future requires unlimited data usage, but when technological limitations make that impossible, you might as well get the best deal you can.

DigitalPath is a regional ISP based in Chico, CA. You'll find that they offer free, friendly, and helpful technical support.

DigitalPath has a $249 installation fee, and if that's difficult to pay all at once, you can ask them to have it prorated over the course of your 1-year contract. There are no equipment costs, although a DigitalPath dish will be installed on your home or other building that best can “see” one of their broadcast facilities. If the best way to receive a signal is literally “up a tree”, then DigitalPath charges an additional one-time charge of $46 for that work.


Is this satellite service? No way. DigitalPath offers “fixed-point wireless” service, which means Internet access is broadcast from a fixed tower location on a nearby mountaintop. Satellite broadcasts from space, over 20,000 miles away. That's why bad weather affects satellite access, and you feel a delay every time you click on a new page. That's called latency. With satellite, every bit of data has to go up 20,000 miles and back down again to reach the Internet, then reverse that path to reach you. In contrast, DigitalPath signals travel less than 15 miles before reaching fiber-optic cable, keeping speeds fast and responses snappy.
30-day money back guarantee. Once DigitalPath sets up your service, you have 30 days to consider if it works well for you. If you're not pleased with the service within that time frame, you can return their equipment for a full refund of installation and service fees.
Email service. If you want, DigitalPath provides email accounts with your service.
The future is here. We are the folks who organized the 95959google initiative. We are still busily working on bringing faster Internet access here (check Nevada County Connected for the latest on our fiber plans). We're pleased to team up with DigitalPath in areas where our own network can't cover.
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