The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) is proud to announce it has received a 2020 Crown Communities Award for its South Bay Fiber Network (SBFN), a dedicated fiber-optic network connecting the South Bay region’s city halls and other local and regional public agencies with high-speed, low-cost broadband connectivity. Each year, American City & County gives its Crown Communities Award to municipal and county governments that have implemented innovative projects over the preceding 18 months. The projects nominated are judged on uniqueness, short- and long-term value to the community and effective/innovative financing.
The SBFN provides the critical infrastructure for South Bay Cities to boldly step into the world of “smart city” applications. The new broadband infrastructure provides an essential public asset and resource to city governments as they manage economic viability during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond and creates opportunities to bridge the “digital divide” in communities underserved with broadband.
By the end of 2020, SBCCOG member city halls, as well as a diverse community of public agencies, were connected to the SBFN. These include Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and Torrance. The following public agencies also benefit from access: Beach Cities Health District, the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB), LA Metro Transportation Authority, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, West Basin Municipal Water District and the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation, located at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.
Click here to read more about the award and its six winners.