by Drew Clark
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, April 19, 2017 – At 7,200 square miles, this Southern California county is nearly the size of New Jersey. On April 3, the county put out a “Request for Participants” in an effort to jump-start a $2 billion to $4 billion initiative building a gigabit fiber network.
The project is dubbed RIVCOConnect, and represents one of the most ambitious county-led efforts to entice the private sector to do what it hasn’t yet done: Upgrade speeds and connectivity throughout less-populated regions of this sprawling county.
In addition to a supportive county government, the 28 cities within the county have “signed resolutions saying, ‘yes, we are with you,’ and we are asking for partners to come in” and put forward their best ideas, said David Littell, RIVCOconnect director. He was speaking at a Tuesday event in Mesa, Arizona, sponsored by Next Century Cities.