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Broadband Life's a Beach in Sunny Santa Monica, CA

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Sure, Chattanooga is doing great things with a gigabit network. However, Santa Monica's no slouch in a gigabit club that's still pretty small in number but huge on community benefits. They have a 10 gigabit network!

Santa Monica started in 2006 with no money for a fiber network. City CIO Jory Wolf banked on creativity and business savvy to use Santa Monica's then dark fiber to save not only $750,000 in telecom costs, but also substantial costs for the city's schools and colleges.

Today we explore in detail broadand's impact on local economies. Jory's team has leveraged the network to attract new media and entertainment companies, reduced telecom costs for existing businesses and increased the number of providers serving Santa Monica from one incumbent to 200 ISPs.

Like Chattanooga, Santa Monica's fiber network also enables powerful wireless apps, including parking meter management, wireless hotzones and commercial corridors and smart grid. ....................................................................................................................................

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