Los Angeles to bring free fiber-based internet to city residents and businesses

By Himanshu Arora ยท 13 replies
Nov 6, 2013
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  1. Los Angeles is planning to roll out fiber-based Internet to every residence, business and government entity within the city limits. The network, which would also power public Wi-Fi hotspots, is expected to provide free Internet access to anyone at 2-5...

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    This is great! I hope other major cities take notice and follow suit.
    Mooseinadesert likes this.
  3. Does it say what it covers specifically as in County of LA or just LA as in downtown only how about East LA, West La I wonder
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Nothing is free. How is the city going to pay for this?
  5. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Booster Posts: 82

    A good idea basically but encumbered by the phone and data center requirements. This cuts out smaller local and/or regional carriers who could do the fiber build but lack the data center facilities. The phone element could be an added on build using either the local switch for the fiber as a base or using some parts of the distribution network for nits towers. I do like it but have reservations around the data center. Those things can easily run another Billion.
  6. Nothing is free. How is the city going to pay for this?

    Read first and second paragraph. smh

  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    No need to wonder. You just need to read beyond the title of the article. The first sentence plainly says within the city limits so, no, it's not going to cover the county outside of the City of L.A. Why? Because the City Council has no jurisdiction outside the city limits of Los Angeles. Also, what is known as West L.A. is in the city while what is known as East L.A. is mostly unincorporated county territory so you can figure from that.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I don't remember Cole Phelps taking advantage of the city's fibre in LA Noire, he just used to make calls from a police call box on every street corner.
  9. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I can just picture the CEO from Verizon and TimeWarner hearing about this, then dialing each other and saying "Not if we can help it".
  10. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    I live in van nuys which is los angeles city, but burbank is L.A county. So maybe some parts of L.A county might be covered.
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    They can hope but I highly doubt it. Just my opinion.
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    Someday in the far future I may live there in the 2 winter months so this is great for me.
  13. Mooseinadesert

    Mooseinadesert TS Rookie Posts: 25   +8

    It is actually cheaper then the horrible internet they get there.
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Verizon is expected to be one of the bidders. Why would it be a problem for them?

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