The Consortium Overview indicated the special purpose entity (SPE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axia NetMedia, anticipated completing build-out of the entire citywide Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) project within three years of the time the SPE funds the project. It could happen much faster should “fast track” funds be strategically deployed.
Construction was expected to be accomplished in three or four phases (see preliminary Construction Phase maps in the appendix of the Consortium Overview). Phase Four is the area of Palo Alto west of Interstate 280. That area is relatively sparsely populated compared to the Palo Alto community east of 280. There is a potential subscriber address per square mile density difference of about 70 to 1, east versus west. However, citywide service is important to the City, so special efforts will be made to arrive at an acceptable strategy for offering fiber serves to all Palo Alto addresses.
A Web site would likely to be set up showing construction progress once construction plans are set. When that site goes live, iPaloAlto plans to hotlink to its construction progress page and independently monitor construction progress on this page.
Installation of fiber optic cable is generally in the communications space under the Electric Utility’s existing power lines (no new digging), whether the power lines are on existing poles (no new digging) or in existing underground conduits (no new digging). You get the idea; no new digging* will be required to install a powerful citywide fiber optic network offering services to every premise.
Fiber optic connections are a modern and secure way the City already uses to better monitor and manage its electricity, gas, water and traffic signal systems. Smart Grid applications and other opportunities to save resources and money by reducing utilities usage are being proven by forward-thinking utilities around the globe. Palo Alto Utilities is exploring best practices to see which new ideas may be adapted to benefit our community.
*Digging will likely be required near fiber distribution cabinets in approximately 30 remote locations in neighborhoods throughout the community.