CASE STUDY: BUILDING WEHO FIBER UTILITY
In 2015, the City released a Request for Proposals for the development of a Fiber Strategic Plan to identify the connectivity needs of the City and the community. The plan outlines a network strategy, design and business model framework to support the needs of the City’s departments, community anchors, businesses and residents. This plan enables the City of West Hollywood to begin investing in broadband assets to support the evolution of the West Hollywood community for decades to come.
The City will use fiber to attract and retain business by reducing the cost of doing business by enabling high‐speed Internet connectivity that may not be available in other cities. Fiber provides a gateway to numerous broadband, cloud, and application providers, increasing the number of choices local businesses have for communications and technology needs. The City will be able to actively market itself as “fiber ready” and provide prospective businesses with a range of service providers. The City will also be able to develop strategic partnerships with broadband providers to market the benefits of the City’s network and services to businesses.
The core network will provide nearly six miles of high capacity fiber‐optic cables throughout the major corridors of the City. The item is expected to go before City Council in Fall 2016.