Cities across the country improved broadband fiber infrastructure to enhance City services, prepare themselves for the digital future, offer access to high-speed internet to their residents, and provide improved economic opportunities for their businesses and other stakeholders. Manhattan Beach is also considering the initiative to become broadband, the connected city as a core utility.
In June 2017, City Council awarded a contract to Magellan Advisors to develop a Fiber Master Plan (FMP) for the City. The completed Fiber Master Plan was presented to the City Council on October 9, 2018. The FMP evaluated the feasibility of becoming a municipal broadband provider citywide, often referred to as Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP). The Plan and business model is based on reaching every parcel in the City with high-speed broadband at minimum speeds of 1 gigabyte per second (1gbps). It includes Residential Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections, as well as connections to businesses, anchor institutions, City facilities, and infrastructure. The report explored a variety of municipal broadband scenarios and financial models ultimately recommending a full retail model using a combination of internal and external staff resources.
The Plan included an estimated cost of installing a complete system using conventional open trench construction methods of $50.5 million for construction and another $22.6 million for connections, maintenance, operations and outreach for 40% of the properties in Manhattan Beach. However, based on nationwide research and emerging construction technologies, the construction and connection costs may be reduced by utilizing micro-trenching, in addition, to open trenching. Based on that assumption, the City Council approved funding for FTTP design services as a pilot project to validate construction pricing. The pilot design focuses on the built of a fiber network in a small neighborhood area between City Hall and the Public Works Maintenance Facility.
Fiber Master Plan (PDF)