Westside residents who currently have Google Fiber understand the impact of this new express lane to the Internet. All the benefits of staying connected now happen with no waiting. It’s unfortunate that some of our neighbors may miss out on this opportunity to improve and enrich their lives online. Currently, Westside Housing is working with Google Fiber to connect all 164 units in our housing portfolio to Google’s fiber optic network. Google Fiber is waiving the $300 per unit construction fee, making the service an affordable option for our residents.
This plan would provide up to 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload per housing unit at no cost to the resident for seven years. Gigabit speed and television can be upgraded for an additional monthly fee. We anticipate that Villa del Sol and West Bluff will also receive this generous offer, and we are working to make sure property management takes full advantage of the opportunity. If that doesn't work out, we have an alternative!
The dense tree canopy and hilly topography pose a challenge to a completely wireless Westside. Wireless transmitters and receivers (an antenna and a radio) need a clear line of sight in order to transmit data reliably. We are consulting a number of wireless providers and engineers who have proposed novel solutions using a mix of wired and wireless technologies. We remain committed to ensuring that any resident wanting to connect has affordable options and the information they need to make the best decision.
Thank you for your support to keep the Westside the best side!