We talk about our network of gigabit cities, with Google’s Kansas City residential adventures, and Chattanooga–the one to be reckoned with on several fronts: their size, duration and experience, and coverage. This week Government Technology brings news of one of the United States’ big cities going all in for gigabit networks:
LA Tech Transformation Starts with Fiber
The city’s long-term strategy to become technologically stable and innovative contains a search for a vendor that can provide fiber connectivity to 3.5 million people.
According to Steve Reneker, general manager of the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, next year Los Angeles will look for a vendor to install a $3 billion to $5 billion fiber network that will bring gigabit speeds to every home, business and government office within city limits.
As a large producer of audio and video content sought out by viewers worldwide, Reneker felt that Los Angeles is uniquely positioned relative to other cities undergoing fiber transformations. He believes that by having a robust fiber network, Los Angeles can be a leader in streaming audio and video and attract a number of companies to the area.
The project is part of a broader strategic IT plan for the city, which is now under way. In addition to the fiber project, the plan includes a lot of internal changes such as improving reliability to the city’s data networks, replacing legacy phone equipment, and changing the ERP strategy. The city also will update its 311 mobile app to add work order system integration. This will enable users to see what’s happening with their request. That will go live next year.
With that much money and that much coverage, Steve certainly has his work cut out for him. Once he achieves his goals, wow. All of LA covered in fiber! That’s really one step forward for redefining “broadband.”
This video is from the Internet2, a group that is involved in an experimental high-performance, next generation Internet/network. We at Lit San Leandro have talked about doing an experiment like this virtual performance as part of a demonstration of what a fast fiber connection can enable.