In today’s innovation economy, success is measured by the speed in which ideas and information can be transferred-across the country or around the world. The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned as a high-tech hub. Now, the City of San Leandro is introducing a game-changer for the whole region: a state-of-the-art fiber optic loop that offers speeds that are thousands of times faster than the average U.S. Internet connection.
January 2011: Mayor Stephen Cassidy and Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy, a San Leandro resident, and president and founder of OSIsoft, one of the City’s largest employers, began developing the public-private partnership that would become Lit San Leandro.
October 2011: San Leandro City Council unanimously approve a license agreement allowing installation of a fiber optic loop, known as "Lit San Leandro," through several areas of the City using existing conduit, with internet speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, roughly 2,000 times the average U.S. connection speed.
March 2012: Lit San Leandro goes live, connecting its first building to the fiber optic network.
June 2012: City of San Leandro is awarded a $2.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant to expand Lit San Leandro's fiber optic network by an additional 7.5 miles, bringing the Lit San Leandro fiber network to a total of over 18 miles.
January 2015: The City executes a license agreement with the San Leandro Unified School District to share fiber connectivity with all 17 schools.
July 2015: San Leandro's publicly accessible Wi-Fi system goes live in Downtown San Leandro.
March 2017: City of San Leandro launches RFP for Fiber Optics Master Plan.
Lit San Leandro Map
Utilizing Lit San Leandro
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 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 City received 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.
Businesses interested in learning more about the Lit San Leandro system can visit www.litsanleandro.com or contact Lit San Leandro directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on relocating to San Leandro, businesses can contact Katie Bowman, email@example.com.