Los Angeles, California has become the first large city government to join California’s ultra-fast 100Gbps research and education network CENIC.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday that the City of Los Angeles has signed an agreement to connect the City’s databases and computers to an Internet network 1000 times faster than available previously, sponsored by the CENIC community, at no additional cost to Los Angeles taxpayers.
Following the connection to the City of Los Angeles, CENIC plans to enable other cities’ open data initiatives, connecting them to CENIC’s research community and to one another, creating a platform for sharing and analyzing data, and enabling the exchange of best practices and new applications.
The connection will allow educational institutions from kindergartens to universities to connect to the network and provide educational resources for students and researchers. The city will also provide access to its more than 1,000 open datasets to the network.
CENIC is also advancing the Smart Cities movement through high capacity collection, use, and sharing of city-scale data and information technology.
“This peering partnership between CENIC and the City of Los Angeles represents a unique opportunity to pair the sophisticated research and analysis being done at California’s great universities with the massive data being generated one of our country’s most progressive Smart Cities, Los Angeles,” said William Clebsch, Associate Vice President for IT Services, Stanford University, and Chair of the CENIC Board of Directors.