Is it better to spend taxpayer money on stadiums or fiber broadband?

St. Louis is stuck with $144 million in debt and maintenance costs, after the Rams departed for Los Angeles (oddly enough it was once the LA Rams until they pulled a switcheroo and did it again to the detriment of the poor taxpayer). I remember not too long ago the chorus of anti-municipal broadband types […]

City-owned fiber plus private sector service providers: a better public broadband model for cities?

Two U.S. cities, Santa Cruz (California) and Westminster (Maryland) have chosen a different model for public broadband deployment: one that separates the ownership of the underlying fiber infrastructure from the service layer and that does not place all of the risk and costs on the private service provider. This is not the model that most […]

Salinas, CA issues RFP for broadband infrastructure

Salinas, California has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from companies for the deployment of a broadband infrastructure that is equal to or better than current fiber optic networks in Salinas. The proposal broadband infrastructure will be open to end users and telecoms service providers. I posted a copy of the Salinas broadband RFP, but […]

Los Angeles municipal broadband project: CityLink LA RFP

The City of Los Angeles has released a Request For Participants CityLink LA Initiative For Deployment of Advanced Broadband Systems looking for companies to build a citywide Wi-Fi and wireline broadband network (see CityLinkLA website). I have posted an excerpt of the CityLink LA RFP introduction so you can see what the city has in […]

Los Angeles issues RFP for citywide Wi-Fi and wireline network

The Los Angeles City Council approved a Request for Participants (RFP) to identify one or more providers to commit to deploying advanced wireline and wireless networks that can provide one gigabit broadband speed or more to residences and businesses. The RFP asks proposers to provide a free level of service, including free basic wireless services, […]