FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2011
Chief Information Officer
Santa Monica City NetSM, the city’s 10 gigabit fiber optic network was honored with a Government IT Innovator Award at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference in Dana Point, California. InformationWeek’s Government IT Innovators contest, now in its third year, recognizes local, state, and federal agencies for their innovative use of information technology. Santa Monica’s broadband initiative was nominated for the network’s ability to provide speeds of 10 Gigabits per second, achieve a 67% cost reduction, and the economic and technological growth opportunities that result from supporting companies along Santa Monica’s Tech Coast with a leading-edge broadband infrastructure.
"Technology-driven innovation is happening in surprising places in government," said John Foley, Editor of InformationWeek Government. "Agencies are applying cloud computing, mobile applications, electronic documents, and other technologies to provide new and better public services. We've identified these government agencies as being great examples of how that's happening."
The City of Santa Monica leases dark fiber and offers lit fiber to local businesses for affordable broadband at 100Mbps, 1Gbps, and 10Gbps speeds. Santa Monica's broadband model results in a reduction of construction costs for new broadband service, an increase in purchasing power of connected local businesses, and a broadband market expansion for Internet service providers that now may offer service to small, medium and large commercial buildings. The city also recently received honors as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government by the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Significant Achievement Award from the Public Technology Institute (PTI) for the broadband initiative. More information on Santa Monica City Net is available at www.smcitynet.com.
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