City Seeks Grant To Extend Fiber Optic Loop

Meanwhile, work moves ahead on the private-sector portion of high-speed Internet ring that will surround much of San Leandro's industrial district.


Lit San Leandro is entrepreneur Patrick Kennedy's name for the 11-mile fiber optic loop that he is running much of the city's industrial and business districts in .

The City recently asked the U.S. Economic Development Administration for funding to add 7.5 miles of new conduit to the following areas: 

  • North along Doolittle Drive and into the Adams industrial area 
  • West along Marina Boulevard to the Shoreline area and back through the Catalina/Farallon industrial area 
  • Along Alvarado and Teagarden, connecting the Marina Boulevard segment to the Public Works Service Center 

The expansion would provide service potential to approximately 1,000 existing businesses and dozens of vacant parcels according to City Manager Chris Zapata's weekly report.

Construction of these sub-loops would also route diversity, strengthening the entire network in case any portion if the loop were accidentally severed.

Meanwhile, work on that portion of the project that is already approved by the city and funded by Kennedy will proceed, now that Caltrans has approved the permits needed to run the fiber down state-controlled East !4th Street, according to a San Jose Mercury News report.

So far, Kennedy's business, OSIsoft, and F.H. Dailey Chevrolet on Davis Street, are connected to the Internet at the super speeds that will soon be available to more city businesses, the paper reported.




Stephen Cassidy June 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Tonight, Monday, June 25th, the City Council will be holding a workshop on major projects underway or planned in San Leandro. The workshop will start at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. Public input and comment is welcome. We will have short presentations on: (1) Transportation projects, including East 14th Street improvements, the San Leandro BART Pedestrian Interface, and the two I-880 interchange projects; (2) Kaiser San Leandro Medical Center; (3) An update on downtown San Leandro including the Village Marketplace project and the new downtown garage under construction; (4) The modernization and renovation of our Wastewater Treatment Plant; (5) School District/City joint use facilities including Burrell Field and the High School Pool; and (6) Status of build out of Lit San Leandro along with an update on our grant application with the federal government for funding to expand the fiber optic network to additional areas in San Leandro.
Marga Lacabe June 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
3 hours notice?


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