September 09, 2013
City of Vernon to Provide its Excess Fiber Optic Capacity to Residents
By Frank Griffin
TMCnet Contributing Writer
Having reliable broadband technology makes the people that use the technology more productive. In many regions around the country, the best technology is not available to the residents of the community, limiting the way they conduct business, whether they are in their home or place of business. The city of Vernon, Calif., is making the excess bandwidth capacity it has in its fiber optic network available to residents of the city because the DSL technology they are currently using is not as effective.
The city is going to provide the service not to profit from the initiative, but to provide its residents the same technology that is readily available in neighboring cities throughout the county. It has been using the excess capacity to offer businesses in the area services for a fee for the past seven years, but this year it will include residents.
Excess capacity is being sold around the country to service providers so they can meet demand and give underserved communities broadband technology.
The city's fiber optic system was installed to give agencies within the city a fast and reliable communications platform. The system is owned and operated by Vernon's Light & Power Department Fiber Optic Division.
In essence, Vernon will be operating as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) by offering a broadband residential service program directly from the fiber optic connection or using a wireless service connection. The installation will include a wireless router to make Wi-Fi services available in the home.
The city will charge a one-time setup fee of $100 and a monthly service fee of $40.65. According to city officials, this is $10 less than the current DSL service residents pay, while providing a connection that is 10 times faster. The service will be available starting November 1 to current and future residents in the city.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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