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City of San Jose and Facebook Connectivity Lab to Partner on Gigabit-Speed Distribution Network for High-Speed WiFi Project

City of San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif – The City of San José and Facebook announced on Wednesday a public-private partnership to deploy an innovative wireless distribution network to support an open, publicly accessible, gigabit-speed outdoor WiFi network to be deployed in Downtown San José in late 2016.

“Cities worldwide are searching for ways to ensure that all residents can enjoy the benefits of internet connectivity by broadening access to fast and affordable broadband service,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “San José is proud to work with a global tech leader like Facebook to pilot a next-generation technology that can help us achieve these goals and support research to support communities around the world.”

The City and Facebook will work together on a research pilot deployment of the Terragraph network that is street-level Wi-Fi and open to the public. Through the public-private partnership, Facebook will provide the hardware and software for the Terragraph system, and the City will provide access to its streetlights and other related infrastructure needed to build-out the network.

Facebook chose San José due to its existing free Wi-Fi infrastructure downtown and its willingness to become a demonstration city to showcase new technologies.

The Terragraph research project is aligned to one of the main pillars of the Mayor’s San José’s Smart City Vision, which the City Council adopted earlier this year. The plan seeks to demonstrate new technologies, while using big data analytics and other digital tools to improve city services and the quality of life for residents in San Jose. The plan’s goal is to transform San José into the most innovative city in America by 2020.

The initial research trial deployment of the Terragraph distribution network will focus on the Downtown San José core, with a targeted launch for late 2016. The City of San José and Facebook are also exploring plans for deployments in underserved San Jose neighborhoods and transit innovation corridors.

“The future deployment of this advanced network will open up new opportunities to our residents, businesses and entrepreneurs,” continued Mayor Liccardo. “And because we’re piloting this network right here in the heart of Silicon Valley, I am also excited to see how our innovative community can leverage and build upon this deployment to advance the next big idea.”