The Down Town Broad Band initiative
which will become live in the July time-frame, has been under development for several years now. Our organization actively supports these kinds of projects. A group was formed by the City of Vallejo, through the auspices of the City Manager. We are the Fiber Optic Advisory Group. We have between 7- 12 active members, composed of folks whom have a vision for our fair city. The City Council embraced this Broadband vision early, hence our Advisory Group.
We had countless meetings with some major players such as Sonic Networks, AT&T, SyFy Networks, Lit San Leandro, and many more. We then created the Down Town Ad Hoc Fiber Optic group to work, represent the interests of the DT district. There is City fiber under the DT streets and close to City Hall to create a DT demo site. This would not preclude the community of Vallejo, but we had to have an active
working network, up and running, offering between 1-10 gigs of service. We also had to create a POP,
a ramp, a connection to the world-wide-web. There have been many obstacles to this project, but we managed to stay focused to get this done.
Some of the participants, players who deserve mention here: Chris Platzer, Michael O’Rourk, JD Miller,
Dennis Brinson, Robert Brekke, Dan Levin, Tom Bartee, CCRC, David Fisher, CCRC, Nick Marcisz, Gregg Goins, David Schultens, Video Technologist, CSUS, Erin Hannigan, County Supervisor and Sandy Person, EDC. From City Staff, Daniel Keen, City Manager, Ron Gerber, Economic Development Mgr., Will Morat, City Staff, Greg Taylor, CIO, and Vallejo City Council of course. Rob Volker took our group on field trips to explain the Fiber in the ground concept, so we thank him too.
We have a major Fiber Optic resource under our streets so the city has moved at break-neck speed to get this initiative up and running, well done city. They are partnering with Inyo Networks, located on MI with real-world experience so this is good partnership. This project is supported by many Stakeholders: CCRC, DT Building owners; Vallejo Chamber of Commerce; Vallejo 1st Corp; City of Vallejo; LMI; VCUSD;
and County Board of Supervisors to name a few.
The end result will be a competitive offering from Inyo Networks / City of Vallejo. The Down Town District is an ideal local because proximity to the city-fiber. There is affordable commercial building
Leases in the DT district, access from High-Speed Ferry service and major highways all converging on Vallejo. The City of Benicia has been working on their Fiber Optic plan for several years to modernize and market the Industrial Park area. The quoted price according to the Times Herald is about 5 million dollars. We already have this resource buried underground so you can see why our City is launching our fiber network.