Goal PFS-9: Encourage state-of-the-art technology and telecommunication services for households, businesses, institutions, and public agencies throughout the city toconnect Haywardresidents to the City, nation, and world.
Within the city of Hayward all residents have access to wireline or wireless providers. About 97 percent of the population has access to two or more wireline providers. All Hayward residents have access to five or more wireless providers and nearly all have access to six providers. Hayward residents generally have better access to DSL, cable, and wireless technology as compared to the nation. The City of Hayward operates a free Wi-Fi network in the Downtown area. The City of Hayward has installed two major fiber optic routes. The existing routes currently serve the city’s public and quasi-public areas and major industrial corridor.
Policies in this section encourage a wide range of innovative telecommunications systems and services to attract and retain state-of-the-art businesses citywide, provide information and communication access to all residents, and facilitate public education. Telecommunication systems should be incorporated into public buildings and services, as well as into large-scale planned communities and office and commercial projects, to increase the accessibility of information. Telecommunication infrastructure should be designed to be compatible with adjacent uses and to minimize visual impacts.
The City shall work with service providers to ensure access to and availability of a wide range of state-of-the-art telecommunication systems and services for households, businesses, institutions, public spaces, and public agencies throughout the city.
The City shall work with service providers to expand service to areas that are not served by telecommunication technologies.
The City shall encourage compatible co-location of telecommunication facilities and shall work with service providers to site telecommunications facilities on City-owned property and public right-of-ways.
The City shall establish requirements for the incorporation and accessibility of state-of-the-art, attractive telecommunication systems and services for public use in public buildings and support the development of internet-connected informational kiosks in public places and streetscapes.
The City shall establish requirements for the installation of state-of-the-art internal telecommunications technologies in new planned developments and office and commercial developments.
The City shall support the extension of and connections to fiber optic telecommunications cables.
The City shall encourage the development and extension of the fiber optic system to support the City’s fiber optic network.
The City shall encourage the installation of public use wireless network “hot spots” throughout the city.
The City shall maintain and expand the coverage and bandwidth of the Downtown wireless network, which provides free wireless data service to residents, businesses, and visitors in and around Downtown.
The City shall encourage the development of state-of-the-art communication infrastructure in appropriate City facilities to support telecommuting.