In November, the city of Los Angeles will review the results from a “request for participants” that seeks companies willing to build wired and wireless broadband networks spanning the nation’s second-largest municipality.
To entice bidders — which will be required to provide some level of free Internet service to the public — the city is offering low-cost access to existing fiber, as well as to infrastructure like light poles and storm drains. It’s also creating a Digital Infrastructure Permitting Group that will expedite permit applications associated with constructing the new networks.
For Los Angeles city leaders, the project is a crucial step in closing the gap between Internet haves and have-nots.
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Steve Towns is the former editor of Government Technology, and former executive editor for e.Republic Inc., publisher of GOVERNING, Government Technology, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. He has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience at newspapers and magazines, including more than 15 years of covering technology in the state and local government market. Steve now serves as the Deputy Chief Content Officer for e.Republic.