CivicMakers Salon – SF Public Broadband + Gigabit Apps

President Obama has said, “Today, high-speed broadband is not a luxury…It’s a necessity.” CivicMakers believes that addressing the digital divide in San Francisco is critical for a more inclusive democracy and an economy built for the 21st century. We believe being able to access fast, reliable internet is a basic right, not a luxury in our modern economy.

The City of San Francisco has been working to cover the parks, lower-income housing developments, and parts of Market St. with free internet access. This is a start, but it is not a long-term vision. City Hall is exploring the financial options and concrete steps for San Francisco to deliver gigabit Internet speeds to residents and businesses citywide. This report is due to be released soon. 

Please join CivicMakers, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and Startup Policy Lab at Orange Silicon Valley for a conversation about the opportunities and challenges with a fiber-to-the-home rollout in San Francisco. The agenda includes remarks by PUC Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, Orange Chairman and CEO, Stéphane Richard, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, a panel of civic stakeholders, and cocktails with heavy hors d’oeuvres at which time we encourage participants to try multiple gigabit experiences through Orange GigaStudio. The audience will include 100 civic and tech leaders from the Bay Area.


6:00-6:30pm: Registration & Appetizers
6:30-7:00pm: Remarks by:

  • PUC Commissioner Catherine Sandoval
  • Orange Chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard
  • San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell
  • San Francisco Innovation Officer Jay Nath

7:00-7:30pm: Panel discussion on a fiber-to-the-home rollout in San Francisco
7:30-9:00pm: Hands on with gigabit apps, food & cocktails
Space is Limited. Parking is available at the Rincon Center at 121 Spear Street.


The event will be led by CivicMakers, a community of passionate citizens building a better democracy, empowered by the potential of Internet technology, and Orange GigaStudio, a consumer fiber apps initiative out of Orange Silicon Valley, with support from Startup Policy Lab.