Broadband Communities

NOV-DEC 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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CONFERENCE COVERAGE 4 6 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 The Power of Local Action At Broad B and Communities ' 2018 economic development conference, held in October in Ontario, California, participants shared stories of local successes and struggles. Following are some of the highlights of the conference sessions. A BBC Staff Report John Keisler, City of Long Beach, California : Long Beach was a center for Navy logistics and aerospace, but those industries left in the 1990s, and the city had to reposition itself. e better-paying jobs were in Los Angeles and Orange County, and 78 percent of residents were commuting outside the city, so the first strategy was to connect people with opportunity by improving the transportation infrastructure – roads, light rail, the airport and the shipping port. More recently, as opportunity moved online, the city decided to promote technology innovation and entrepreneurship. e city council adopted a fiber plan so it could partner with the private sector to expand and exploit its fiber assets. e plan called for connecting 143 city buildings; then extending fiber to the commercial corridors, where the city or private service providers could deliver fiber services to businesses; and eventually extending it to the whole city, letting private providers deliver business and residential services. Ultimately, the city will install an internet- of-things platform and use new sensing technology to gather information, push it to the cloud and enable city systems to monitor and heal themselves. Currently, the city is dropping fiber along the light-rail line to help optimize traffic to Los Angeles. Other planned applications include monitoring and management of parking spaces; streetlights; road traffic; electric, gas and water meters; air quality; and environmental and public-safety threats. In addition to connecting businesses, the city co-developed a business portal website to streamline processes such as permitting and licensing, and it shares the code for the website with other cities. e application has won several awards. e city also co-developed a mobile application called StartItUp, which helps entrepreneurs and small business owners find paths to success. StartItUp represents government as an investor trying to stimulate the creation of new technology and new businesses. David Graham, City of San Diego, California : e mayor of San Diego had a vision that the city could be as innovative as the people it serves. He aimed for a mix of efficiency, sustainability, and innovations that would create a more convenient city. New technology can improve decision making and bring about better outcomes. John Keisler, City of Long Beach, California Smart Cities in the Golden State David Graham, City of San Diego, California

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