What is fiber?Fiber optic technology is the gold standard for sending information in a digital format. In contrast to existing copper wire that uses electrical currents, fiber sends pulses of light along optical fibers. Fiber transfers more data, more reliably, more quickly, more securely, more efficiently and over longer distances than copper.
What does that mean?Fiber is better than copper. The fastest available copper-to-the-home option in our city has speeds maxing out at 300 megabits-per-second. Beverly Hills Fiber will provide speeds at least twice as fast as those enabled by existing copper connections.
Why does that matter?For most residents, who are avid users of internet-enabled devices, the internet is as essential as any utility provided by the city. We depend on the internet for our laptops, TV's, smartphones, home security systems, game consoles and more. And we expect to use our devices simultaneously - even at times of peak usage - without sacrificing speed. Fiber makes that a reality in a way copper and other less advanced materials cannot.
Why is 'Fiber-to-the-Premise' a Big Deal?Fiber is already widely in use as the best-in-class information infrastructure. In Beverly Hills, as in most cities, fiber can stop as far as 10,000 feet away from a residence, with copper being the link into the home. This addition of copper greatly diminishes the speed of the connection. Copper = slow. Fiber = fast. Changing out the copper connection for fiber will be an impactful change, adding a critical 'last link' in terms of speed, reliability and scalability.
Constuction north of Sunset Blvd & east of Alpine Dr. will be taking place July 14 - August 18.Read more Jul 14, 2017
Beverly Hills City Council approves Beverly Hills Fiber projectRead more May 2, 2017
A 30-month period of information gathering, assessment and study around the City of Beverly Hills' Fiber to the Premise initiative is now complete.Read more May 2, 2017
Presentation of the findings of the fiber-to-the-premise feasibility study to make broadband services available to residents and businesses throughout the city.Read more Dec 15, 2015
Results of the feasibility study is released.Read more Nov 30, 2015
Information Technology staff and the Technology Committee began researching the possibilities of offering network services to the public several years ago. As a result of these initial studies and presentation of the initial findings to the City Council, Council identified the Fiber to the Premises project as a priority and directed staff to conduct further business analysis and develop a comprehensive plan to offer 'fiber-to-the-premises' services.Read more Feb 17, 2015
The report provides an overview of current and potential residential video services providers including Time Warner Cable and AT&T.Read more Sep 2, 2014