San Leandro Awarded a $2.1m Grant to Expand Lit San Leandro
San Leandro recently won a $2.1 million federal grant to expand its brand new public-private fiber network for businesses, which offers data transmission speeds of 10 gigabits per second -- 2,000 times faster than the average U.S. connection.
The money from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will help pay for 7.5 additional miles of new conduit, bringing the Lit San Leandro fiber network to a total of over 18 miles, said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. The conduit expansion will provide service to industrial areas of San Leandro and potentially facilitate connections to Oakland and its port. Over 950 businesses are located within 200 meters of the proposed expansion segments. Expansion segments are shown in red on the system map shown to the right.
A key element of the expansion proposal is a conenction to San Leandro's shoreline. Adding fiber optic broadband to the site of a future mixed use development project will enahnce the City's ability to attract a premium, high-tech tenant to the office component of the project.
What is Lit San Leandro
Lit San Leandro was conceived by Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy, a San Leandro resident, and president and founder of OSIsoft, one of the City’s largest employers. Mayor Stephen Cassidy met with Dr. Kennedy in January 2011 and they began developing the public-private partnership that was necessary for the project.
On October 17, 2011, the San Leandro City Council unanimously approved a license agreement with San Leandro Dark Fiber allowing installation of a fiber optic loop, known as "Lit San Leandro," through several areas of the City using existing conduit. Lit San Leandro offers an opportunity to revolutionize San Leandro's infrastructure, positioning the City to be a major player in the high-tech and clean-tech economies.
On March 2, 2012, Lit San Leandro went live, with the first piece of fiber being activated, connecting its first building to the fiber optic network. As of August, 2012, the vast majority of the loop has been installed and is operational.
San Leandro enjoys multiple economic development advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a well-educated workforce. It has been a long-standing priority of the City to maintain its industrial zoning and building stock. San Leandro currently has over 23 million square feet of relatively affordable industrial space, much of which is located close to the fiber loop.
The Lit San Leandro fiber system is connected to the outside world via fiber lines leased by BART’s Telecommunications Division. Businesses in San Leandro can now tap into a direct fiber connection to most long haul carriers and telecom suppliers, allowing them to connect to the external world, e.g. data centers, hubs, other offices, at extremely high speeds.
The installation of the fiber loop will not require any public investment although City staff is working with Lit San Leandro on marketing efforts and plans for system expansion. The City will also receive approximately ten percent of the fiber capacity for its own use. That capacity will facilitate expansion of the City’s internal data communications as well as potential partnerships with other entities that can provide expanded broadband services for the community.
Lit San Leandro Receives National Attention
In the March 14, 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Lit San Leandro is discussed and promoted. Read whole article here.
Businesses interested in learning more about the Lit San Leandro system can visit www.litsanleandro.com or contact San Leandro Dark Fiber directly at email@example.com or by calling Crystal Galvan at (510) 347-2621. For more information on relocating to San Leandro, businesses can contact Jeff Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 577-3319.
Informational brochure on Lit San Leandro
Map and listing of business and development opportunity sites adjacent to the fiber loop