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RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL MEETING DATE: 06/05/2018 <br />AGENDA REPORT AGENDA HEADING: Consent Calendar <br /> <br />AGENDA DESCRIPTION: <br /> <br />Consideration and possible action to authorize the Mayor to sign a letter in support of <br />the proposed request for proposals (RFP) for the South Bay Cities Council of <br />Governments’ (SBCCOG) regional broadband project <br /> <br />RECOMMENDED COUNCIL ACTION: <br /> <br />(1) Provide direction to the Mayor whether or not to sign the letter of support for the <br />RFP for SBCCOG’s regional broadband project. <br /> <br />FISCAL IMPACT: None <br /> <br />Amount Budgeted: N/A <br />Additional Appropriation: N/A <br />Account Number(s): N/A <br /> <br />ORIGINATED BY: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Administrative Analyst <br />REVIEWED BY: Gabriella Yap, Deputy City Manager <br />APPROVED BY: Doug Willmore, City Manager <br /> <br />ATTACHED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: <br /> <br />A. Draft letter of support (page A-1) <br />B. Regional Broadband Project Executive Summary (page B-1) <br />C. Diagram of South Bay “Priority Locations” (page C-1) <br /> <br /> <br />BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION: <br /> <br />The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) is working with the South <br />Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) to develop a regional broadband, fiber-optic <br />network. Through funding from SBWIB, a fiber-optic master plan was prepared by <br />Magellan Advisors to address the feasibility of a regional broadband network that would <br />connect to at least one city facility in each of the South Bay cities and play a pivotal role <br />in the region’s future. The executive summary of the Magellan Advisors report is <br />provided as Attachment B and the complete report is available by clicking here. <br /> <br />SBCCOG asserts that a high-speed capacity broadband network will allow the South <br />Bay cities to embrace the digital economy, smart city initiatives, integrated utilities and <br />next-generation economic development. Planning for these initiatives is a necessity to <br />remain competitive and differentiate the South Bay as a technology-savvy place to live, <br />work, play and learn. As more business is transacted online, broadband has become <br />1