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South Bay Fibre Network launches in Southern California

The regional fibre network is being viewed by many as a model for government innovation, smart city applications, and a major building block for the region’s economic and social future.

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Redondo Beach is one of the cities in the consortium covered by the network
Redondo Beach is one of the cities in the consortium covered by the network

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), Southern California, has announced the completion of its dedicated fibre-optic network.

 

Launched in association with the South Bay Work Force Investment Board (SBWIB) and with partner American Dark Fibre, the South Bay Fibre Network (SBFN) will deliver access to “world-class” broadband for 15 cities connected to the network across the region.

 

Government innovation

 

The regional fibre network is being viewed by many as a model for government innovation, smart city applications, and a major building block for the region’s economic and social future.

 

Broadband development firm, Magellan Advisors led the SBFN implementation from concept to completion.

 

According to Magellan, its team has worked “hand-in-hand” since 2016 with the leaders from the SBCCOG and SBWIB, building consensus, implementing governance, identifying gaps and needs, developing the financial strategy and finally, designing and managing construction of the SBFN.

 

This process included grant planning and applications for $6.9m from the Los Angeles Metro Transportation Authority Measure M funds and $1.2m in funding from the State of California through assemblyman Al Muratsuchi.

“With the right guidance and plan, regional networks are not only possible but deliver great benefits to communities for economic development and quality of life”

In addition to delivering access to broadband, some of the other benefits the network is expected to bring to the region and its communities include reducing telecommunications spending and providing a platform for smart transportation.

 

“The SBFN is an example of how regional collaboration can bring transformative broadband networks to communities,” said Jory Wolf, VP of digital innovation, Magellan Advisors, and executive of the SBFN project.

 

“With the right guidance and plan, regional networks are not only possible but deliver great benefits to communities for economic development and quality of life.”

 

Meanwhile, Jacki Bacharach, executive director of the SBCCOG, noted that the technical expertise, design and construction management services provided by Magellan Advisors were imperative to the success of the network.

 

“On behalf of all of those in the network I want to thank Magellan Advisors for the wonderful work [it has] been doing to bring us to where we are today,” added Bacharach.

 

Magellan Advisors is a broadband development firm for municipalities, utilities, and cooperatives. It provides turnkey fibre and broadband solutions to connect communities to the digital economy. With more than 400 customers across 35 states, Magellan Advisors claims it has enabled new broadband access to some 900,000 homes with $750m in new investments across the US.

 

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