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internet connected laptop computerThe city of Santa Clarita is embarking on a broadband feasibility study to examine broadband internet availability, needs and policies surrounding wireless and fiber infrastructure for residents and businesses.

As part of this study, the city will review how effectively businesses and anchor institutions, such as schools, colleges and healthcare organizations, are being served with the existing broadband infrastructure available in the community.

The city has contracted with Magellan Advisors, the nation’s leading broadband and smart city consulting firm, to conduct and assist in the development of this feasibility study.

Representatives from Magellan Advisors will meet with community representatives, anchor institutions and businesses to understand their specific broadband needs, determine the “State of Broadband,” document the challenges and needs of specific stakeholders and propose solutions.

In order to make well-informed decisions that meet the needs of the business community, the city is asking business owners to participate in an online survey that will help identify ways to improve affordable access to high-speed internet in the city.

After the survey closes, the city and Magellan will facilitate focus groups to better understand the needs of the business community.

A link to the survey will be made available on the homepage of ThinkSantaClarita.com. For more information, contact Denise Covert, Economic Development associate, at 661-284-1411 or dcovert@santa-clarita.com.

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  1. Kathy Christiandon says:

    We need low cost, high speed internet for students and families in Santa Clarita.

  2. We need low cost, high speed internet for students, families, seniors and everyone in our community.

  3. We need high speed residential fiber

  4. Brian Durand Brian Durand says:

    You people are spoiled. Kind of need to study up on the difference between need and want. It wasn’t needed in 1990 and it’s not going to be needed in 2020. Adapt to technology as it changes. I live in a world where there’s a data restriction. But I’m not tripping. But I have also only seen one car accident this year in (my) town. 1 minute in Santa Clarita and you’re dodging car accidents. Sad. Place turned into a joke fast but at least there’s going to be fast internet.

  5. Dean Wise Dean Wise says:

    Well I live app Hasley Canyon it may be beyond your feasibility study but AT&T is chosen not to provide service to some people in the area I have no internet I only have a smartphone with minutes

  6. Kurt Buck Kurt Buck says:

    Why is the city doing this? Waste of money. The free market provides.

    • Dave Rickmers says:

      Thus far the “free market” (whatever that means)
      provides 100mb/s for $55/mo. Competition can
      only make things better.

  7. Daniel Sparta says:

    I pay $130 a month for satellite because no other option is available to me. For that $130 I get 25gb of “priority data” which lasts about two weeks, at which my speed drops to 1mb per second for the rest of the month. Cell phones don’t work inside the house. I’m about two miles from Copper Hill and Seco.

    Unfortunately I’m just outside of the service area for the large providers and there are not enough residents in my area for them to invest in expensive infrastructure. Hopefully a new technology will be able to address is “rural” customers. I’m still waiting.

  8. jim says:

    NO, what needs to happen is that the “service providers” aka ATT and others need to follow up on their promises. They promised fiber technology to all the homes in this city. That means fiber-to-the-residence, aka high speed by fiber cable to each home.

    They are trying to dodge that by substituting “fiber to the neighborhood”, which comes without any direct connection to a single address. Instead, they want to connect up a fiber node in the neighborhood with Wi-Fi broadcast/receiver units (probably on a pole, especially up in the hills)and a receiver in your home.

    That is not the same thing that they promised. A direct fiber connection to the home is a dedicated “pair” on the cable that serves each single “paid” user with the promised speed and connectivity.

    Fiber to the neighborhood means everybody shares the same Wi-Fi wavelengths/capacity with every other neighbor. It’s exactly like back when the cable TV companies offered high-speed internet, but we all shared the same cable – and when big usage occurred, everybody’s service slowed down. In other words, if you’re using your computer at 3 am in the morning you will have fast internet.

    At 6pm in the afternoon, you will have slow internet. On Super Bowl Sunday, your internet will suck big time.

    Don’t be fooled by this bullsheet. There ain’t no such thing as a free market when it comes to Telecom/TV/Internet.

    Step up and tell the City Council that this won’t meet the needs of the citizens of Santa Clarita.

    And if you’re still looking for that “free market” to float all boats, then you had better go find a true free market. The “market” around here is sewed up by TimeWarner/CharterSpectrum and ATT. Feel free to search online for the quality reviews of either “provider”. If you don’t live in the “densely populated” parts of the SCV, you are screwed.

    And even if you do, then get ready for a rough ride.

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