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Groundbreaking for Municipal Fiber Network, Culver Connect

Post Date:08/30/2016 10:23 AM

Left to Right:  City Manager John Nachbar; Council Member Göran Eriksson; Mayor Jim B. Clarke; Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells; and Council Member Thomas SmallThe City announces the groundbreaking for the Municipal Fiber Network, Culver Connect. Since 2013, City staff has been consulting with the Culver City business community about their need for enhanced broadband connectivity. On November 9, 2015, the City Council appropriated funding for the design and construction of a Municipal Fiber Network for the purpose facilitating high speed broadband connectivity to the business community, the Culver City Unified School District, and also for municipal purposes. The City partnered with Culver City-based Mox Networks to provide professional services to design, implement, and operate the Network. On June 27, 2016, City Council awarded a construction contract to HP Communications to complete the fiber infrastructure construction, which is expected to be completed in August 2017.

The City will expand its existing fiber network to install approximately 21 route miles of fiber for a redundant network backbone. The network design includes three geographical network rings that are all interconnected and will also connect to the telecommunications hubs at One Wilshire and in El Segundo. The City’s goal for extending this network is to enhance economic development by facilitating the delivery of high speed internet access for Culver City businesses located within the target areas, as well as enhancing broadband connectivity to the Culver City Unified School District. The City will install an open access network, where it is envisioned that any Internet Service Provider (ISP) will have the opportunity to utilize the City’s fiber infrastructure to service the business community. This will result in the business community having more service options when selecting a broadband provider.