Photo: Ben Bawtree-Jobson, CEO at SiFi Networks and Fullerton Councilmember, Jesus Silva
The city of Fullerton, California, has turned on the first section of what will be a citywide open access network, or “FiberCity,” built by SiFi Networks.
Our friends at MuniNetworks summarize and explain the approach that SiFi has taken: A privately built, financed, and operated open access network. CEO Ben Bawtree-Johnson said that he attributed the company’s success to cracking the economic code for private investment in open access information infrastructure.
SiFi Networks plans to duplicate the model in more cities across the country in the future. Bawtree-Jobson said there had been growing pains in getting the first project off the ground, but believes that the lessons learned will benefit the company in the future.
“Our vision really is to create as many last-mile fiber optic networks as we can across the USA in a long-term sustainable fashion,” Bawtree-Jobson said, in a recent MuniNetworks podcast.
When the network is completed, with an anticipated date of next fall, the Fullerton FiberCity network will pass every home and business in the city.
SiFi Networks Operations, the company's subsidiary, said it aimed to sell wholesale capacity to as many Internet Service Providers as wanted to enter the market.