The City Of L.A. Wants To Bring Fiber Connections To Residents And Businesses

Posted Nov 6, 2013

The city of Los Angeles is planning on offering fiber Internet to all 3.5 million residents and all of their businesses without the help of Google Fiber, according to Ars Technica.  Google Fiber is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) service that launched in July 2012. 

Google Fiber offers 1Gbps of download speeds to certain residential areas in certain cities.  Los Angeles Information Technology Agency GM Steve Reneker said that they would not consider Google Fiber in the current form because they are only residential. 

The new fiber network would allow free Internet access at speeds of between 2-5Mbps, which could be subsidized through advertising.  Then there would be paid tiers of up to a gigabit.  The network would also power the WiFi in public areas.  This could take months, possibly years to get off the ground, but at least the local city government has such ambitious plans.

[Source: Ars Technica]