Moving the ball forward! — WITH HIGH SPEED FIBER OPTICS

By Chris Platzer

The City Council identified a City high-speed fiber optic network as a priority in March 2014. City staff began to explore possible strategies to leverage and/or expand Vallejo’s existing fiber traffic signal network, including engaging an advisory board of community stakeholders. As a member of that advisory board I am happy to report that we have put the ball on the 20 yard line. While the gears at City Hall do not move swiftly, they do move. With the full backing of the City Manager, Staff and Council, we are on the brink of something monumental. As laid out in the CTC proposal that will be presented to Council on February 23 we can make it happen. Council will be asked to make an infrastructure investment to take us to the next level. Capitalizing on our high-speed ferry connection to San Francisco, low commercial rents in the downtown and the soon to be announced development on North Mare Island, we are at a key crossroads. Please review this proposal and share your thoughts.




'Moving the ball forward! — WITH HIGH SPEED FIBER OPTICS' have 6 comments

  1. February 6, 2016 @ 8:31 am Anne C

    Chris, thank you much for posting this. I have been curious to know the progress on this project, I’ll read the report. Long gestation time, but hopefully good things come to those who wait!


  2. Monica

    February 6, 2016 @ 10:44 am Monica

    Thank you, Chris, for the update. It seems that the only good moves forward are those initiated by the citizens. Well done!


  3. February 6, 2016 @ 1:39 pm Port Parrot

    Kinkos tried this model years ago (“office away from your office”), but it may have been ahead of its time, because fast internet, not copy machines, is the key idea. Might tie in with the ferry system, too. Workers could spend an hour before or after the ferry ride sending/receiving files, or it could be like a waiting area. It would be a very low capital investment as long as there’s fast and secure wireless, and it would definitely help with the idea of “clustering” high-tech businesses and employees.

    Please help convey this message to City Hall: 50–100 employees in well-paid jobs downtown is worth more to Vallejo even than a company like Blu Homes. The reason: there’s surplus value in office rents, restaurants, foot traffic and overall improvements to Vallejo’s image. Thinking small *is* thinking big.


  4. February 6, 2016 @ 5:22 pm Port Parrot

    While the numbers may be weak, adopting this planed build out of infrastructure is defensible for these reasons: 1) the conduit/fiber was pat of a $10 million grant from the late 1990s. The City would be leveraging that investment by spending $1 million. 2) the 4.6 miles of conduit would create a ring with redundancy that would result in a very robust fiber backbone. A year ago, there was a break in the fiber/conduit on Broadway/Deleware. It took the City more then a week to find the break. In the mean time the water plant and two fire houses were not connected to the City network. This expenditure on infrastructure can be justified just for public safety reason. Give that the City just spent $300k on license plate recognition cameras and $600k on VHF radios for fire, it’s a small price to pay. 3) the $220,000 to get to the POP and the $120,000 to get to MI is a fair price to pay to validate the availability of reasonably priced high-speed broadband as an economic development driver. While I realize the mere availability of broadband is no guarantee to attract tech start ups. We are building a bridge to somewhere, we just don’t know where. I think the funkiness of the downtown lends itself to tech companies. I think the next big thing with fiber is “transport”. Given the City already has a 10 GB switch on its internal fiber network, offer that level of transport is a compelling reason for Touro and Kaiser to buy services from a City-run municipal network.


  5. February 8, 2016 @ 10:07 pm Port Parrot

    Now community leaders are considering using existing fiber, which is already planted throughout the community. city and county officials, and other stakeholders have discussed how to develop fiber assets for a FTTH network. The city has several options: a phased approach (connecting the city section by section), a pre-subscriber approach (connecting neighborhoods where people pre-subscribe in great number), an incremental build (slow and steady), or an immediate citywide build (all at once). They also still have to figure out exactly how to cover the costs.


    • February 21, 2016 @ 11:01 am Ben

      what thoughts do all the gurus on fibedr optic have on the staff offered alternative choices


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