City of Vallejo Plans Fiber Optic Network


The City of Vallejo has deployed its own fiber optic networks in the city. The City intends to provide high speed broadband services to the residential and business subscribers. By installing its own fiber optic cables the city authorities hope to deliver affordable high-speed services. City’s own fiber optic networks can be given for leasing to the potential service providers. Sharing of broadband infrastructures by service providers give additional freedom and flexibility to the subscribers.

In a major step towards realizing its plan to proceed with the fiber optic network business, the city hired a consultant. Mr. Jory Wolf, the chief information officer for the City of Santa Monica, will serve as a part-time consultant to assist the city on how to best utilize 11 miles of fiber optic cables already installed in Vallejo.

Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County, California, United States. With more than 116,000 people, Vallejo is the tenth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Vallejo is located on the northeastern shore of San Pablo Bay. The city is named for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.

The new consultant for fiber optic business, Mr. Jory Wolf brings a wealth of unique experience to Vallejo in terms of how you build, operate and manage a municipal fiber network that will improve Internet access and affordability, attract businesses and jobs, and generate revenue for the city.

Wolf oversaw the design, construction, and operation of CityNet, the municipally owned fiber network providing high speed, affordable Internet access to public agencies, institutions, and business in Santa Monica.

In March, the Vallejo City Council heard an update from staff on the state of the city’s existing fiber optics and how to best develop a strategy to deploy more of the cable in Vallejo. The master plan is expected to be completed in October or November this year and may follow the plan to install cable around ‘GEM’ sites or all government, education, medical locations in an effort to keep installation costs down while generating profit.

The potential cost of deploying a single mile of fiber can exceed $100,000, with around 70 to 75 percent of the cost incurred by the actual placement of conduit in the ground, not the cost of the fiber itself.

The existing fiber optic network was funded through a Metropolitan Transportation Commission grant of $8 million, which was supplemented by $3 million in matching funds from the city.

There was a need to hire a consultant to assist with a master plan, develop a join-trench ordinance, enter into an Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Benicia for the deployment of municipal fiber optics and join Next Century Cities, a national group of municipalities which promote the need for high-speed internet services as a crucial piece of infrastructure. A joint trench ordinance would be essential in upgrading municipal infrastructure as it would allow the timing of installation of conduit to coincide with other underground construction.


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