SAN LEANDRO -- Most of the city's businesses will be able to hook up to the fiber optic network known as Lit San Leandro in about a year, thanks to a new federal grant.
San Leandro was awarded a $2.1 million Economic Development Agency grant this week to add 7.5 miles of network conduit.
Conduit will be laid in three areas: northwest on Doolittle Drive from Davis Street to the Oakland border and around the Adams industrial area, west on Marina Boulevard to the shoreline and through the Catalina industrial area, and through the Alvarado/Teagarden industrial area.
The fiber optic network offers connection speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, about 2,000 times faster than the average U.S. Internet connection speed.
"No city in the nation has a network faster than Lit San Leandro," said Mayor Stephen Cassidy.
Lit San Leandro is a joint city-private venture. Patrick Kennedy, CEO of software company OSIsoft, is bankrolling the fiber optic, which is being pulled through city-owned underground conduits. The original 11-mile fiber optic loop, which circles much of the city, is about 75 to 80 percent complete.