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> Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 19:48:27 -0500
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> Subject: [IP] San Francisco leaders voice concerns about Wi-Fi project
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> From: Dewayne Hendricks <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: December 20, 2005 8:25:41 AM EST
> To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: [Dewayne-Net] San Francisco leaders voice concerns about Wi-
> Fi project
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> San Francisco leaders voice concerns about Wi-Fi project
> Agency members want to avoid a restrictive franchise deal
> News Story by Stephen Lawson
> <http://www.computerworld.com/mobiletopics/mobile/technology/story/
> 0,10801,107216,00.html?source=x596>
> 
> DECEMBER 19, 2005 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - San Francisco's plan for
> citywide Wi-Fi ran into some friction Friday from a local regulatory
> agency.
> 
> The government of the City and County of San Francisco is readying a
> request for proposal (RFP) for the wireless network, which is
> intended to provide free or affordable Internet access throughout
> most of the city. Several possible partners, including Google Inc.,
> EarthLink Inc., Motorola Inc. and a local nonprofit project called
> SFLan, have already expressed interest in the project through an
> earlier request for information. The San Francisco plan would become
> one of the largest rollouts yet of government-initiated broadband, a
> concept that has generated heated political discussion in the past
> several months.
> 
> At a hearing Friday, some members of San Francisco's Local Agency
> Formation Commission (LAFCO) grilled Chris Vein, director of the
> city's Department of Technology and Information Services (DTIS),
> about the process of deciding how to build and operate the network.
> 
> LAFCO, made up of San Francisco county supervisors and members of the
> public, has a broad oversight role, including approval of district
> boundaries and annexation of land as well as contract approvals. The
> agency's aim in the hearing was to stimulate discussion, supervisor
> and LAFCO member Jake McGoldrick said in an interview after the meeting.
> 
> County Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other LAFCO members said they
> fear a deal like San Francisco's current franchise agreement with
> cable operator Comcast Corp., in which the board of supervisors has
> been presented with already negotiated franchise deals that it must
> approve or vote down. DTIS handles cable franchise administration and
> other communications and IT responsibilities for the city as well as
> spearheading the Wi-Fi project.
> 
> [snip]
> 
> Weblog at: <http://weblog.warpspeed.com>
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