Internet for the Trees: How a Tree Climber Brought Internet to His Rural Santa Cruz Mountain Home

Internet for the Trees: How a Tree Climber Brought Internet to His Rural Santa Cruz Mountain Home

Gleb S. lives way above Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains where he could only get internet service via satellite. As many of us rural dwellers know, satellite is a last resort when there isn’t another internet service provider option available. Gleb really needed better internet service for his work and his family, so being the industrious and adventurous person that he is, he climbed 135 feet up a redwood tree*, to set up an antenna to a Surfnet repeater.

Before he made the climb, he piloted a drone to the tree canopy to survey the area and to verify that there weren’t trees or anything else blocking the necessary line of sight to the repeater. Gleb isn’t the first to climb a tree to mount an antenna. Surfnet has had other potential customers pay $400 or more to hire a certified climber with no guarantee that line of sight would be achieved.

Here’s what Gleb wrote:

I can’t express how grateful I am to Surfnet and all people who stand behind the brand name. After almost a year period of limited access I am back to Internet. Works as advertised. fast.com shows 17 Mbit/s, ping times are short.

Yesterday was raining and this didn’t affect quality. Today is rather windy, redwoods are waving but the connection is stable and doesn’t have a loss. Myself and family are super happy. And my employer as well. Thanks a lot! /Gleb

Gleb also did a great job capturing his final climb of the project and shared it with us. Check out his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XsQwwFYKY8

Thanks for sharing Gleb and we’re glad to have you as a valued Surfnet customer!

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*Don’t try this at home! Gleb is a certified climber.

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