Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced a resolution Tuesday sending a strong message that if Google partners with The City to build a fiber network it would be done in a way that The City would maintain control over the fiber infrastructure deployed in The City.
Google is currently asking cities to submit proposals by March 16 if they are interested in partnering with them in rolling out a fiber network.
The Department of Technology is expected to respond to Google’s solicitation.
“This proposal could benefit San Francisco residents by providing state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure at no cost to The City and new competitive choices for broadband services, and encouraging the development of innovative services not currently feasible with today’s limited bandwidth networks,” the resolution says.
And it also says that the proposal should “ensure consistency …with The City’s core value of maintaining control over municipal infrastructure.”