Vernon, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles, is planning to use its fiber optic network (run by the city’s light and power department) to bring Internet access to residents whose only broadband option is a slow DSL line. The initial sign-up fee is $100 and the monthly fee is around $40. The city already leases out capacity on its fiber network to businesses.
Like many cities, Vernon has a lot of underused optical fiber capacity. I have been proposing for years that cities use their excess fiber capacity by leasing it to local ISPs on a wholesale basis, or where there are no local ISPs delivering FTTH service, by providing fiber broadband service directly to residents.