Move Over Silicon Valley – The Gig City is the New Innovation Powerhouse!
Just up the highway from Silicon Valley, the Bay Area’s first gigabit city is transforming a former manufacturing powerhouse into a test bed of technology and other innovations. San Leandro joins Chattanooga and Kansas City with broadband-inspired economic development, government efficiency, education and telemedicine. City Hall, the Police Department, and all City facilities are connected to a 10-gigabit port via Lit San Leandro, which has increased the facilities City Hall bandwidth by 2,500% while lowering monthly Internet access costs;the San Leandro School District connected all the schools to Lit San Leandro over a 10-gig backbone, and modernized all IT infrastructure (including WiFi) to help students have virtually unlimited bandwidth for school projects; anda public private partnership installed of a microgrid on the network in the San Leandro Tech Campus that will be the heart of an ecosystem of small businesses to help area cities meet the demand for advanced renewable energy systems. San Leandro Chief Innovation Officer Deb Acosta and San Leandro IT Director Tony Batalla explain details on current and future broadband projects.