The City of Santa Monica has upgraded its fiber optic network capacity and speed to 100 Gigabits per Second, continuing to raise the benchmark for municipal broadband networks across the nation.
Jory Wolf, the City of Santa Monica’s Chief Information Officer, said this was only the latest milestone in a long line of advancements Santa Monica has made in the broadband arena.
“We are considered a leader in social tech and have leveraged our fiber optic network to advance free Wi-Fi in public parks and major bus routes, provide internet to our libraries, and connect our schools and college locations,” Wolf said. “These efforts have contributed to education, economic development, and provide impressive internet speeds for large conferences and events. We are proud to be the 1st, 100 Gigabit municipal network in the U.S.”
Santa Monica’s tech, entertainment, and healthcare firms will likely be among the first to leverage the new 100 Gigabit network for service models, content distribution trends, and telemedicine initiatives.
More importantly, the network’s commitment to continuous innovation means that Santa Monica doesn’t accept the status quo on big issues affecting most cities today.
Gary Carter, Broadband Program Administrator explains, “With the internet and internet of things governing how we interact with life, the ability for a city to control and influence issues such as net neutrality, security, network capacity, and customer service becomes increasingly significant. A 100 Gigabit network, is our response to the question, what should every city in the U.S. have today?”
For additional details on Santa Monica CityNet visit www.smcitynet.com.