Los Angeles has its sights set on improving city technology in 2014, including a major fiber connectivity project.
According to Steve Reneker, general manager of the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, next year Los Angeles will look for a vendor to install a $3 billion to $5 billion fiber network that will bring gigabit speeds to every home, business and government office within city limits.
As a large producer of audio and video content sought out by viewers worldwide, Reneker felt that Los Angeles is uniquely positioned relative to other cities undergoing fiber transformations. He believes that by having a robust fiber network, Los Angeles can be a leader in streaming audio and video and attract a number of companies to the area.
The project is part of a broader strategic IT plan for the city, which is now under way. In addition to the fiber project, the plan includes a lot of internal changes such as improving reliability to the city’s data networks, replacing legacy phone equipment, and changing the ERP strategy. The city also will update its 311 mobile app to add work order system integration. This will enable users to see what’s happening with their request. That will go live next year.
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