Town of Atherton

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In mid-2014, the Atherton City Council created the Technology Subcommittee led by Council Members Rick DeGolia and Bill Widmer. The make-up of the Committee also includes numerous interested residents and local school representatives.

In late 2014, the Subcommittee released a Request for Information (RFI) to potential local service providers, including Google, AT&T and Comcast. The RFI expressed the Town’s interest in various options to establish town-wide connectivity and provide high-bandwidth services to its residents, organizations, facilities (library, city hall, council chambers) and schools (public and private).

The Town envisioned the creation of a network that used existing and future public infrastructure to deliver service. Potential usage across such a system could include emergency notification, traffic signal management, security management, street light management, information sharing, and other traditional communications, entertainment and internet access.

None of the traditional companies responded. Local resident Mike Farmwald learned of the RFI and responded to the Town’s Technology Committee. After learning more about what the Committee was exploring, Mike created Atherton Fiber.

Atherton Fiber was created as a private “competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC)” so that it could use local utility poles and operate as a telecommunications utility. Atherton Fiber is independent from the Town, and there is no agreement between the Town and Atherton Fiber for the provision of services; however, Atherton Fiber is committed to bringing the Council and IT Subcommittee’s vision to reality.

Atherton Fiber has partnered with PAXIO to engineer, and build the fiber network in Atherton from start to finish. PAXIO has extensive experience in building fiber to the home (FTTH) networks dating back to 2003, and was one of the first companies nationally to bring gigabit to the home in 2006.

Once the fiber network is completed, Atherton Fiber is partnering with OpenFiber to operate the fiber network. OpenFiber specializes in operating open access fiber networks. This means that any service provider or customer can make use of the last mile fiber to provide services to customers, or for their own IT needs. Currently, several prominent local service providers that work with OpenFiber have expressed an interest in providing service to Atherton residents including: Berkeley based, and Unwired Ltd., Santa Clara based PAXIO, and San Francisco based Monkeybrains.

The Atherton Fiber Network puts Atherton on the cutting edge of service delivery options using a state-of-the-art fiber network.

Photo by John Orr/Daily News (2015); used with permission

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What to know about the construction on Middlefield Avenue/Oak Grove Avenue this week

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Construction to pave the Middlefield Road/ Oak Grove Avenue intersection will begin Thursday, August 3rd. Due to safety requirements during construction, Oak Grove Avenue will be closed between Middlefield Road and the Menlo-Atherton High School entrance. Construction work during this road closure will be limited to the time period between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. […]

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Atherton’s National Night Out to be held at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Aug. 1

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Atherton residents are invited to spend time with the Atherton Police Departments at a National Night Out event from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Holbrook Palmer Park on August 1. The notice read: “Atherton residents are asked to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police […]

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Three graduating seniors awarded Atherton Police Activities League scholarships

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Atherton shed fire quickly extinguished, causes estimated $6,000 damage

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Menlo Park Fire District personnel responded to a reported explosion and building fire at 3.50 am on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. on Holbrook Lane in the Town of Atherton. Fire Captain Roy Trester on Menlo Engine 5 arrived on-scene at 3:53 am and reported a detached shed fire that was located behind the home’s garage. The 10 foot […]

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Spotted: Rest bench for walkers in Lindenwood

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Emails Atherton resident Peter Carpenter: “The Walkers’ Rest Bench has been installed. Thanks to George [Rodericks] for verifying that the location was acceptable re the Town’s easement and corner setback. “My wife Jane gave me the bench as a Christmas present knowing that I wanted a bench for the walkers in the neighborhood to sit […]

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Atherton celebrates Arbor Day on April 28

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The town of Atherton is celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, at 10:00 am by planting trees in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothes that can get dirty. Gloves provided. Contact Sally Bentz, Town Arborist, at (650) 752-0526 or for more information.

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Steven D. McCulley named new Atherton Chief of Police

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The Town of Atherton selected Steven D. McCulley as its new Chief of Police following a recruitment process that yielded over 30 applicants and included interviews with four separate community panels and one peer panel plus a second day interview with the City Manager, the Mayor and the Vice Mayor. Chief McCulley was born in Spokane, […]

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Atherton is America’s wealthiest town

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According to a Bloomberg analysis of 2015 census data, Atherton is the wealthiest town in the United States with an annual average household income was $444,374. Other Bay Area cities in the top 10 include Hillsborough at #4 ($368.9K), Los Altos Hills at #7 ($333.8K), Piedmont at #15  ($298.5K) and Kentfield at #18 ($278.2K). In the top […]

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Fire on Selby Lane in Atherton damages garage and deck

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