SCV CHAMBER SUPPORTS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION TO CITY OF SANTA CLARITA

SANTA CLARITA, June 25, 2019 — The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce supports a proposed agreement by the City of Santa Clarita to lease dark fiber cables from Los Angeles to pilot a project to bring high-speed internet access to the City’s networks.

Item 11 on tonight’s City of Santa Clarita Council Agenda will authorize the City of Santa Clarita to lease two dark fiber strands from Crown Castle Fiber LLC, which will connect Santa Clarita to Downtown Los Angeles. This connection will allow the City to select from a variety of Internet Services Providers that can provide a cost-effective price for a 1 Gbps, or faster, Internet connection for the City's network.

“This is a great first step by the City of Santa Clarita,” said Nancy Starczyk, Chair of the Board of the SCV Chamber of Commerce. “Bringing businesses high-speed internet access to the Santa Clarita Valley is a top advocacy priority for the SCV Chamber of Commerce. In order to grow business and maintain our rating as a top business-friendly city, we need to assist our businesses, especially those in the industrial and commercial centers, to gain access to high-speed internet.”

The City staff report notes, “by enabling the City with a dark fiber network that would extend to DTLA, the City would be streamlining efforts to explore ways to promote and ensure high-speed Internet access to local business parks, a key goal of the City’s five-year strategic plan, Santa Clarita 2020.”

“The SCV Chamber hopes this agreement between the City and Crown Castle Fiber will serve as a successful pilot program to demonstrate the ability to bring high-speed internet to Santa Clarita,” said John Musella, representing the SCV Chamber of Commerce.  “The Chamber has been at the forefront of supporting these efforts and is pleased to see the City taking this important step.”

ABOUT THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the largest business membership organization in the Santa Clarita Valley representing more than 65,000 member employees.  The Chamber serves as “The Voice of Business” working as the SCV’s leading business advocacy organization in the third largest city in the County of Los Angeles.  Founded in 1923, the Chamber works to advocate for, educate and connect the business community.

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