Memo Regarding Two-Year Pilot Project to Invest in a Ultra-High-Speed Broadband Network to Attract and Foster High-Tech Research and Development Companies Initially Located at Alameda Point, May 15, 2018






The City of Alameda approached the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to cultivate a partnership to entice high-tech for-profit companies to the City to promote economic development; enhance the educational experience for high school and college students in Alameda; and collaborate with other educational institutions, nonprofits, and for-profit research and development institutions on the worldwide CENIC research network. The CENIC project is designed to attract more high technology businesses to Alameda initially beginning at Alameda Point for a proof of concept.

CENIC is a nonprofit organization that operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity internet broadband network supporting over 20 million users, including students, educators, researchers and other public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system, including the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC.

As part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package, CENIC was awarded $7.2 billion dollars to increase internet broadband network access and to connect California to the world, initially by advancing education and research statewide. Through a contract with the California State Library, our own Alameda Free Library is on CENIC’s internet pipeline. Today, our Library has the highest level of connectivity of libraries in the country providing our patrons with access to a wide array of areas such as business, government, science, health care, and education - opportunities to engage, create, invent, and learn.

CENIC also provides connectivity to leading institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving as a catalyst for advancing education and research by providing access to its network for innovation, collaboration, and economic development. Last year, the City of Los Angeles became the first large city to connect to CENIC’s 100 Gigabyte network, accessing digital resources up to 1,000 times faster than what is currently available. Using CENIC, the City of Los Angeles partnered with University of Southern California to analyze traffic and police data and millions of identifying areas in which pedestrians and cyclists were being killed by traffic collisions. Last November, the California High Speed Rail Authority entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CENIC enabling communities located near the rail system in the Central Valley to connect to their network.

The City of Alameda has an opportunity to connect research and development for-profit companies in the City to this high-speed CENIC network initially at Alameda Point as a 2-year proof of concept pilot project. The companies that participate would have the potential to create partnerships with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and/or Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL), including access to their super computers, helping to greatly support their research initiatives.