Organization City of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Communities Covered Los Angeles
Goals of the Network

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The fiber network was built by the electric power division of the Department of Water & Power. It was originally conceived to connect the power grid substations to facilitate reliable SCADA control systems communications for the grid. Some years after the initial installations the Department realized that the overbuild of fiber might be a source of commercial revenue and the Fiber Optic Enterprise (FOE) was formed to explore that opportunity. FOE currently offers three distinct services: Dark fiber, Metro-Ethernet, and Digital Video Transport.

Goals Achieved

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1. Support of the power grid SCADA control system Achieved where built; however, not all substation locations have been built. Some are still using copper because of degree of construction difficulty.
2. Support LADWP internal corporate network connections. Achieved. Geographically dispersed locations connected using FOE fiber for corporate data and VOIP traffic.
3. Commercial revenue Achieved in a modest way. FOE brings in about 6.5 Million dollars of commercial revenue annually from all fiber network leases. This number has been stable for years. Revenue from commercial leases helps offset the cost of expansion of the network.
4. Economic Development Achieved in a modest way. FOE has been a player in the data services market and that has helped foster competition which has been good for businesses especially the television, movie, and entertainment businesses in Los Angeles.

The Network's Impact
  • Boosting economic development
Initial Investment Amount $25,000,000.00
Investment Covered We deployed the network in phases after paying for initial buildout
Source of Investment
  • Capital fund
Investment Repaid? Yes
Services offered
  • Wholesale via open access network (ISPs sell retail)
  • Retail sales of fiber to individuals, businesses, others
  • Sell dark fiber services