Coming Soon To A Tinsletown Near You: Free Internet

on Wednesday, Nov. 6th


It’s good for you in so many ways. Not the least of which is high-speed internet access.

What’s better than that? How about municipal internet fiber?

Los Angeles, which already has its own municipal Water & Power Department is looking to hook residents up with high speed internet access. Jon Brokin of Ars Technica has the details:

Los Angeles is about to unleash one of the most ambitious city-led broadband projects to date, with the goal of bringing fiber to all of its 3.5 million residents and all businesses.

Next month, the city plans to issue an RFP (request for proposals) “that would require fiber to be run to every residence, every business, and every government entity within the city limits of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Information Technology Agency GM Steve Reneker told Ars today. The City Council this morning unanimously voted to move forward with drafting the RFP and will vote again in a few weeks to determine whether it’s ready for release, he said.

The terms that L.A. is laying out puts vendors like Comcast and AT&T in the cat-bird seat. Likely out of the running: Google, who so far haven’t gotten into the responding to RFP business or the required cellular component that L.A. is looking for.

Given how important internet infrastructure has become it’s a safe bet to expect more big cities to follow suit.


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