San Francisco Pledges Support For Fiber Network

As the Internet continues to grow in popularity, it is becoming more and more evident that it is the lifeblood of most businesses nowadays. This comes as good news as just last week San Francisco one of the largest cities in all of California, just announced its pledge to have all of the homes and businesses within the metro area connected to a fiber optic network. https://www.wired.com/story/san-francisco-municipal-fiber/amp
This stands in stark contrast to the country’s typical responses to upgrades to infrastructure. In a time where most of our decisions for infrastructure are typically shortsighted, this is an obvious glimpse at a potential future where decisions are made that will impact generations in the future for the better of all.
For the last several years San Francisco although being a technology capital in the country has been dealing with some serious issues as it had no previous plans to make sure that residents of the city had reasonable access to data connectivity.
Although it is the next logical step fiber is not always the most economically feasible for the private market to implement on its own particularly when considering extensive upgrades. Currently, the most significant Internet service provider in the area Comcast has no plans to replace the cable lines it has been using which have decent download speed but not great uploads with almost no capability to scale to the capacity that fiber is capable of supporting.
This is not the first time that San Francisco as a city has tried to implement a city controlled utility fiber network. In fact ten years ago a city partnership with Google and EarthLink failed due to inexperience by both sides. Finally, the city has garnered enough support and expertise to meant a functioning plant. The mayor of San Francisco just recently released a document that shows a range of public-private options for network construction. More or less what would happen is franchise opportunities would be offered by the public to private companies in order to help build fiber networks that could reach every home and business. In this model, the city would not be competing with existing Internet service providers but instead providing the needed infrastructure for private companies to utilize.
Perhaps the most significant part of this deal is that the city is almost definitely not undermining the private market and its provision for Internet services. In fact, this plan would not only increase the access to data connectivity that the average resident has within the city limits but also lower the cost for the private market to provide for the access.