TIME Magazine Covers Councilmember Blumenfield's Citywide Broadband Initiative

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield's proposal to bring citywide broadband to Los Angeles is featured in the November 25th issue of TIME Magazine, on newsstands now:

Los Angeles has a plan to speed up its traffic, but it doesn't involve any freeways. The city is launching an ambitious project to bring broadband Internet service to its residents and businesses that's roughly 100 times as fast as the average U.S. connection.

Doing so requires running fiber-optic lines--which transmit data much faster than copper cables--throughout the city. The proposal's cost, estimated at $3 billion to $5 billion, would be picked up by the company that wins the right to provide gigabit-speed Internet, TV and phone service. "This effort is hugely important for our economy," says L.A. city council member Bob Blumenfield, who is spearheading the effort.

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