John Paul

Spiral Internet

John has been a geek for most of his adult life. In the early 1980s, he worked at Teleguide (a San Francisco Chronicle company) designing interactive digital pages for transmission to public information kiosks located throughout the Bay Area – a precursor of the Internet.

In 1986, he launched a graphic design studio in Berkeley, California and became an early adopter in using Apple computers for creative work. He has done design work for Sun Microsystems, Intel, Oracle, Bluetooth, Wells Fargo, and McDonalds.

In early 2006, he and his late business partner and spouse, Chip Carman — when asked to take over the customer base of the Nevada County Community Network (NCCN) — began operating as Spiral Internet in Nevada City, California.

John is currently the CEO of Spiral Internet. Under his helm, Spiral organized the local Google Fiber for Communities initiative – 95959google – for Nevada County in 2010. He likes to say “Google selected Kansas City, and Spiral chose Nevada County.”

Spiral was recently funded by the California Public Utilities Commission to build phase one of a gigabit 100% fiber optic network to connect 2,900 homes and 300 businesses in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California.

John was named “Visionary of the Year” in November 2014 by Innovate North State in Chico, California. He sits on the Membership Committee of the FTTH Council Americas.

John has been a member of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City since 1997; serving as President during 2006-07. He served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Nevada City Downtown Association in 2007- 08, and Chair of the Nevada County Broadband Advisory Group in 2013-14.


April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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  Unique Opportunity to Network with Broadband Systems Operators*
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  Consultants, Contractors 10%
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