Three companies plan to bring high-speed Internet connections to Ojai over the next two years, news that pleased city officials, who said lack of the service has hurt their ability to attract new businesses.
Sprint will use Pacific Bell equipment and might have the service available by summer, a Sprint spokeswoman said.
Sprint plans to offer digital subscriber line (DSL) service to the rural community in an arrangement Pacific Bell officials call "co-locating," in which Sprint installs its equipment inside Pac Bell offices.
The DSL service will only be available in packaged deals with two or four telephone lines and long-distance service, said Angie Makkyla, a spokeswoman for Sprint. Cost will be $119 to $149 a month, she said.
In December or January Ojai.Net, a local Internet service provider, also will roll out high-speed Internet service similar to DSL via a wireless system, said Robert Maynard, co-owner of Ojai.Net.