To help residents and business owners, LA City Council submitted a request for proposals to outfit the entire city with free high speed internet. The request asks for a plan to provide residents with wireless internet at speeds between 2Mbps to 5Mbps and paid access for up to one gigabit.
If it sounds too good to be true that’s because the proposal is a tall order. Not only would the vendor need to successfully install cabling in all parts of the city, they would need to foot the bill. The city also favors a firm that can offer both cellular service and data center hosting, practically narrowing down the options to big players like AT&T and Verizon. The project is estimated to cost anywhere between $3 and $5 billion.
It could take over a year for City Council to choose a winning proposal, and much longer to complete the project. Until then, Angelinos can think of all the things they will download and stream when it becomes a reality.