Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle
The City of Vancouver has adopted a strategic objective that supports proliferation of high speed broadband throughout the city and access to the internet regardless of location and socioeconomic status. Vancouver has been investing in fiber infrastructure since the mid-1990s and currently has approximately 55 miles of fiber connecting multiple agency locations and traffic-related infrastructure across the City, as well as free public wi-fi in public facilities and the downtown public square. Vancouver belongs to a regional fiber sharing consortium, that coordinates deploying, tracking and sharing fiber between public agencies. There are approximately 100 miles of fiber used by local agencies for public benefit. In addition, the State recognized Vancouver this year through establishing an Innovation Partnership Zone to grow the need and market for applied digital technologies by fostering education, research and economic partnerships. In addition, Vancouver is committed to public/private partnerships with broadband providers that expand access to broadband across our community.