Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for the episode 90 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Jory Wolf on the fiber approach in Santa Monica, California. Listen to this episode here.
Jory Wolf: We knew what it was like not to own this asset. We knew what it was like to lease it from others. And it became clear to us that this was something that we weren't going to bleed through the nose on. We were actually going to own it.
Lisa Gonzalez: Hello there. You are listening to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. And this is Lisa Gonzalez.
Today, Chris visits with Jory Wolf, Chief Information Officer for the City of Santa Monica. We just released a report on City Net, Santa Monica's awesome fiber network. The network now serves businesses of all sizes with dark and lit fiber, as well as government facilities, schools, and libraries. And it even facilitates a free Wi-Fi network for the public.
Many communities that deploy their own fiber networks own municipal electric utilities. This is a distinct advantage. That's not the case in Santa Monica. Santa Monica's path, an incremental build that required no debt, provides a possible option for other communities similarly situated. Here are Jory and Chris.
Chris Mitchell: Welcome to another edition of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell, today speaking with Jory Wolf, CIO for the City of Santa Monica. Welcome to the show.
Jory Wolf: Thank you, Christopher.
Chris: It's wonderful to have you on. We've been talking for the past year or so, as we gathered research for the report we've just released, on Santa Monica City Net, a network run out of your Information Systems Department. So, congratulations on such a wonderful network, and I'm glad we're able to bring some attention to it.
Jory: Thank you. And thanks for showing the interest in our story.
Chris: Absolutely. That's what we're going to talk about today. And I'd like to start by just giving people a sense of what Santa Monica is like, for the...Read more