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Harvard selects Santa Monica’s Fiber Optic Network as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government

May 4, 2011
Jory Wolf
Chief Information Officer
(310) 458-8381

Santa Monica City Net℠, the city’s 10 Gigabit Fiber Optic Network, was selected as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government by the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. The program was selected for this prestigious award in the Economic Development category, due to the network’s effectiveness in attracting technology companies to the city and supporting existing Santa Monica businesses with a leading edge broadband infrastructure. Santa Monica City Net’s unique model is being replicated by the cities of Burbank and Long Beach California, and is in review by Chicago, Illinois and Calgary, Canada. The program sets a new standard in improving four key elements in the nation’s broadband service—access, affordability, capacity and speed.

The City’s network was originally constructed to support traffic cameras, security cameras, real-time parking advisory systems, a traffic signal synchronization system, and real-time mass transit signs. The network also allows the City to lease dark fiber and provide lit services to local businesses for affordable broadband.
Santa Monica's advanced broadband initiative provides for a reduction in 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 offer service to small, medium and large commercial buildings. The City of Santa Monica has also recently received a Significant Achievement Award from the Public Technology Institute (PTI) for the fiber optic network program.

The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is a national non-profit research and development organization based in Washington, DC, representing local governments. The Innovations in Government Awards is the nation’s preeminent program devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. The program highlights exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation’s most pressing public concerns.

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