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Major Upgrades on Tap for City’s I.T. Infrastructure

August 10th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

City to Install New High-Speed Internet Service, Cable Access Wiring

This week, in a move meant to further facilitate live video coverage of City Council Meeting via the internet, Temple City will install new wiring and hardware for its outdated information systems network.

The new connection, which will be provided by AT&T, is expected to provide data transfer capabilities equivalent to twice that of a normal T1 line, a long-time industry standard in dedicated internet access for large companies and government networks.

In his weekly report, Assistant to the City Manager Gary Flod called the upgrade “an important step in obtaining sufficient bandwidth to accommodate live video streaming of the City Council meetings over the Internet.”

Last month, the city signed an agreement with Community Media of the Foothills, a non-profit cable access studio in Monrovia, to record City Council meetings for rebroadcast both on the city’s dedicated cable access channel and via the internet. However at this point, the meetings are not broadcast live on either medium due to hardware constraints and insufficient upload bandwidth out of the Council Chambers and City Hall. Currently, the meetings are available for viewing on the cable access channel only after they have been recorded and then set up for playback through the play-out system in the adjacent building.

The hardware and wiring upgrades are meant to address this issue, allowing the meetings to be directly broadcast from the Council Chambers live as the meetings take place. Flod said in his report that this system is expected to be operational by as early as September.

An expected date was not given for live streaming via the internet, though the meetings are available online at kgem.tv/category/temple-city and on this paper’s web site, templecitytribune.com.

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