When communities find that high-quality connectivity isn't up to par for everyone or they want better services that naturally flow from more options, local governments often take their first concrete steps with a plan. In December 2019, the gowing community of Moorpark, California, has selected Magellan Advisors as its partner in developing a Broadband Strategic Plan.
Businesses In Need of Fiber
The city began searching for a consultant to help develop the plan months ago. In mid-August of 2019, the city submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of a Broadband Strategic Plan to the City’s Manager Office. In the RPF, the city recognizes the importance of providing reliable fiber optic infrastructure in both its economic development and deploying future “Smart City” initiatives.
In response to the RFP, the City Council created the Broadband Ad Hoc Committee to work with the city staff. The committee directed the City Council to focus its efforts on broadband deployment to the industrial and commercial districts and not on the residential district. Currently, fiber Internet access is available to residential customers through Spectrum but commercial and industrial districts don't have the same access.
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Magellan will assist in inventorying existing infrastructure, identifying unserved and underserved areas, and developing municipal strategies that support expanding access to high-speed Internet, allowing Moorpark to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness in preparing for future technologies.
Additionally, the Broadband strategic Plan will analyze Moorpark’s needs for Smart City innovations including intelligent transportation, public safety innovations, telemedicine, autonomous vehicles and other applications.
Suburban Los Angeles
Being one of the first cities in the entire world to run off commercial nuclear power, Moorpark is home to 37,000 individuals spread over 12.80 square miles located in suburban Los Angeles. The city went through a massive population growth; it grew from 4,000 in 1980 to over 25,000 citizens by 1990. The city is home to Moorpark College which features an Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, several notable restaurants opened by celebrity chefs, and several other attractions. The majority of retail businesses are located by the community's Los Angeles Avenue corridor and the historic downtown area, known as Historic High Street.